National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, South-South zone, is mobilising strongly, to avert the dangers likely to be posed by the flooding predicted by the Nigeria Meteorological Institute, NIMET, Abuja, and the current alert signal by the Republic of Cameroun to open its dam anytime this year.
Reacting to the situation, the zonal -coordinator of the agency Benjamin O. Oghenah told newsmen that, the decision was the collaboration of both nations; hence Nigeria was not being taken unaware because of the reasonable regional co-operation both nations share.
On the level of their preparedness, he said; “We are getting prepared,” explaining that the agency by the act establishing it, had the mandate and responsibility to sensitise the public on disaster awareness and control.
“Recently too, we had flood awareness sensitisation campaign. This time around, we have picked up a progam on same flood control, but concentrating on waste disposal and management, because we have discovered that, one of the key issues is that of improper waste disposal and management, leading to blockage of drainages and water channels and water ways.
We are going to carry out the sensitisation campaign to all states in the South /South zone, comprising; Rivers, Bayelsa, and Akwa/Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta. The focus of our sensitisation campaign will be to get the citizenry to imbibe the attitude of proper waste disposal and management, which we hope can mitigate the effects of the flooding, for if there be out lets for the flooding, the effects will be minimal,” he summed up.
He further explained that NEMA was collaborating with other stakeholders as the Rivers State Emergency Management Agency, RSEMA. “We are making sure we contact as many of the stakeholders as possible. We have also contacted the National Orientation Agency, NOA,” he disclosed.
According to the Zonal Co-coordinator, some staff of the agency have been dispatched to the four vulnerable Local Government Areas, LGAs, of Rivers State along- the Urashi River; Ahoada East, Ahoada West, Onelga and Abua/Odual, to meet with their chairmen, sensitise them with the information on the impending flooding, find out the level of their preparedness; what they are doing, the areas they need help/support.
According to the zonal chief executive, the reason for sending their staff to those LGAs was to ascertain their level of preparedness, so that they would not replicate themselves. “We need to know what they are doing, and where they need advice or technical support.’’

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