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NEMA, Stakeholders Begin Preparation To Mitigate Flooding

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As part of the preparation to mitigate  flooding and other natural disasters in 2019, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and other stakeholders, yesterday, kicked off two days experts’ technical workshop.

The workshop, tagged “The Experts’ Technical workshop on Disaster Risk Management Implication of NiMet’s 2019 Seasonal Rainfall Predication,” has stakeholders from the Nigerian Metrological Agency, NiMet and Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA among others.

Speaking at the opening section of the programme, NEMA director general, Engr. Mustapha Maihaja said the workshop is among the steps necessary to collectively prepare and strategize in reducing hydro meteorological induced disasters in the country. He noted that the gathering has become more pertinent considering the country’s past experiences of unprecedented natural and human induced disasters.

“As part of our collective responsibility as stakeholders, we need to always come together with the view to re-strategizing plan of actions towards safeguarding and protecting the life and property of our citizens, infrastructure and other elements that are vulnerable in the environment. The impact of disasters on lives, properties and environment depend on the country’s level of preparedness, which to a large extent relies on efficient early warning systems that in turn drives all processes constituting our early action mechanisms,” he said.

Speaking further, he noted that “this year, we will collaborate as usual with relevant stakeholders to put together in a simplified manner, the disaster risk management implications of the SRP, so as to remind stakeholders of their roles when it comes to risks mitigation measures and preparedness for response.

“The digest/report to be produced at the end of this workshop will provide information on disaster management implications on Agriculture, Water Resources, Health and Infrastructure with actionable recommendations to cushion anticipated effects of the predictions. This document when produced will be disseminated to all the relevant stakeholders to prompt them to fake the necessary actions required to facilitate disaster risk reduction in their areas of jurisdictions.

“In line with the paradigm shift to disaster risk reduction, NEMA, in collaboration with stakeholders, is currently reviewing the National Contingency Plan (NCP).

This plan aims to preposition the country so as to mitigate the impact of disasters and save as many lives as possible from preventable causes. Relevant stakeholders can also use the National Contingency Plan as justification for organisational preparedness using the roles that have been assigned to them in the plan.”

Meanwhile, in his welcome address, the director, Planning, Research and Forecasting, Kayode Fagbemi said, “This important two-day Expert’s Technical Workshop on Disaster Risk Management implication of NlMET’s 2019 Seasonal Rainfall Predication (SRP) will stimulate early action against climate risks in the country.”

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