The NEMA officials in a group photograph with Major Ahmed Jarma. Photo: Abdullah Ahmed (Radio Nigeria).
National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has visited Kwara State Government and other stakeholders in Ilorin with a call to take proactive measures against flood.
The NEMA Director-General, retired Air-Vice Marshall Muhammadu Muhammad, said flood has become a perennial disaster that destroys lives and property.
He said this is in spite of continuous sensitization, early warning and awareness.
Represented by Assistant Director, Training, Mr Muhammad Hadji, he said this year’s rainy season was already severe and ‘displaying intensity in various areas across the country.’
He advised Kwara State Government and other stakeholders to take precautionary measures such as public enlightenment, evacuation of residents at river banks and clearing of water channels and drainage systems.
Secretary to the Kwara State Government, Professor Mamman Jibril who received the NEMA officials solicited Federal Government’s support.
Also, receiving the team at his Office, Commanding Officer, 222 Battalion Rear, Ilorin, Major Ahmed Jarma said shortage of vehicles, speed boats and lack of synergy are factors that affect rescue efforts.
The team also visited the Nigerian Air Force Headquarters in Ilorin, as well as held meetings with Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps, Federal and State Fire Services and the Red Cross.
Abdullah Ahmed, Ilorin.