EKSG moves to tackle flood
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State Government has said it has commenced aggressive and proactive measures to tackle the menace of flood and other natural disasters in the state.
The government said the measures will include enlightenment of the populace, moral and material support for disaster response agencies, among others.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi made the disclosure on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti while receiving the Head of Operation, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the state Mr. Olusegun Afolayan.
He explained, that the state government would support the state fire service in providing emergency and prompt response services, to areas and individuals affected by natural disasters.
Egbeyemi stressed that the State Government through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has embarked on sensitization programmes that would discourage the people from blocking drainages with refuse and sewage that can prevent free flow of water during this raining season.
This was sequel to the forecast by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) that over 20 states of the federation would be overrun by massive floods in the month of September.
Egbeyemi who commended the efforts of NEMA across the country in bringing succour to natural disaster victims urged the officials to shun nepotism, sectionalism and be fair to all disaster victims irrespective of their tribe, ethnicity and location.
The Deputy Governor also added that the state government through SEMA was mobilizing all forces to ensure that the state is clean and to avert the 2019 flood prediction through the provision of waste bin to houses.
Earlier in his address, Afolayan explained that the essence of his visit to Ekiti State was to seek the assistance of the State government in creating enabling environment for a functional SEMA, Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs)and other stakeholders in the State.
The NEMA Head of operation in the State who commended the State Government for cooperating with the agency in responding and tackling of disaster challenges, said the vision of the agency was to build a culture of preparedness, mitigation, response and community resilience to disaster in Nigeria.
While disclosing that the agency recently embarked on repositioning, restructuring and reengineering of its activities in tackling disaster challenges, Afolayan noted that concerted efforts and active collaboration were needed among all emergency response services to provide a viable disaster rescue response to the distressed.
Afolayan stressed that all hands must be on deck to mitigate and respond to imminent flood disaster that might likely occur as a result of heavy rain fall as predicted by NIMET, and NIHSA 2019 Annual Flood Outlook.
state government to produce media jingles that would sensitize and enlighten the people of the state against indecent dumping of refuse in gutters and deviate from blocking waters ways to avert flood disasters.