February 21, 2024

Kadiri Olanrewaju, the head of operations for Ekiti, Ondo, and Osun in the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, has urged citizens of Ekiti State to take precautions against the flooding that is anticipated to occur in the state and its surroundings later this year.
According to Olanrewaju, the majority of the local government areas in the state are flood-prone with significant risks because of sessional rainfall. The forecast by relevant agencies had listed Ekiti among the states predicted to face floods based on higher amount of rainfall.

The NEMA director addressed important stakeholders in Ado Ekiti during a meeting on disaster risk management titled “Duties, roles, and responsibilities in disasters management,” which was organized by the organization to increase stakeholder responsiveness and raise community awareness.

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He said, “Everyone of us has witnessed the recent floods in Nigeria, which claimed lives, displaced thousands of people as well as destroy properties worth millions of naira. Floods cause widespread ecological dislocation.

“Therefore, it has become necessary for communities, individuals and authorities to take proactive measures. We need to believe that prevention is better and cheaper than cure, as well as consider climate change issues more seriously,” he said.

Olanrewaju said poorly-managed urbanisation, ecosystem degradation and poverty were the main drivers of vulnerability that threatened human lives.

Jide Borode, the general manager of the Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, hailed NEMA as a crucial partner in handling disaster challenges. He claimed that NEMA had helped internally displaced individuals and at-risk communities respond well to flooding and adapt to its risk factors.
Ayodele Adeyanju, the permanent secretary for the ministry of the environment, phoned NEMA to assure them of the government’s preparedness and support in the event of an emergency.

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