The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has applauded the Imo state government for its proactive measures to mitigate environment disasters in the state.
Mr Evans Ugoh, the Head of Imo/Abia Operations Office of NEMA, made the commendation during a Disaster Management Stakeholders workshop organised by the agency in Owerri, the state’s capital.
He said Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s ban of dredging activities at Nworie River formed part of the proactive measures to mitigate emergency in the state adding that Imo was at the risk of a landslide but for the intervention of the state government.
He however, decried the indiscriminate siting of gas stations within residential areas in the metropolis, describing it as a “time bomb waiting to explode.”
Ugoh said the disaster management stakeholders decided to embark on a sensitisation roadwork to educate the public on the dangers associated with the gas stations.
It would be recalled that Governor Ihedioha had during 2019 World Environment Day celebration announced a ban of dredging activities at Nworie River.
Ihedioha also promised to bring back the state natural ecosystem as well as ensure that the state would become the cleanest in Nigeria.