NEMA says comprehensive risk analysis needed in disaster management

ENUGU- The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says preparedness is a vital component of disaster management which needs to be given adequate attention to ensure timely, effective and efficient response. The Director General of NEMA, Mrs. Zubaida Umar, said this while declaring open a three-day Workshop on the Update of Hazard Risks Analysis for Nigeria, holding in Enugu. Umar, who was represented by NEMA’s Director, Planning, Research and Forecasting, Dr Onimode Bandele, stressed the necessity of proactive measures in mitigating various hazards and risks. She called for more collaboration between NEMA and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in addressing the challenges of disaster management in Nigeria, which had continued to yield positive results. Umar noted that ongoing hazard risk analysis, data gathering and mapping initiative would be instrumental in enhancing knowledge of Nigeria’s risk terrain and guiding risk-informed programming. “The workshop brought key stakeholders together to deliberate on identifying, reviewing, and updating impending risks faced by Nigeria,” she said. The director general expressed gratitude for UNICEF’s support and underscored the pivotal role of various stakeholders and State Emergency Management …

NEMA says comprehensive risk analysis needed in disaster management Read More

NEMA, KNSG launch downscaling of disaster early warning measures  

Kano, – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday launched an initiative to take disaster early warning measures to the grassroots level for sustainable socio-economic growth. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the launch was performed by the agency, in collaboration with the Kano State Government. In a speech at the ceremony on Thursday in Kano, the Director General of the agency, Mr Mustapha Habib-Ahmad, said that there was an urgent need to take proactive steps to avert flooding in the country. According to Habib-Ahmad, based on predictions by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency, there is high probability of flooding across the country. “I am very confident that the existence of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in all the 44 Local Government Areas of Kano, will enable NEMA to work closely with them. “This will further downscale flood early warning systems to the grassroots to safeguard our national food security and ensure sustainable socio-economic growth in Nigeria,” he said. He further said that based on its mandate of disaster risk management, …

NEMA, KNSG launch downscaling of disaster early warning measures   Read More

Flood: NEMA alerts 14 states, 31 communities

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says that 14 states and 31 communities may witness heavy rainfall leading to flooding from July 4 – 8 across the country. This is in a statement signed by Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Territorial Coordinator, NEMA, Lagos Territorial Office. Farinloye urged relevant stakeholders within the states concerned to take precautionary measures to forestall loss of lives and property. He listed the states and communities as Plateau: Langtang and Shendam; Kano State: Sumaila, Tudun Wada; Sokoto State: Shagari, Goronyo and Silame; Delta: Okwe. Others include Kaduna State: Kachia; Akwa Ibom: Upenekang; Adamawa: Mubi, Demsa, Song, Mayo-Belwa, Jimeta, and Yola; Katsina State: Katsina, Jibia, Kaita and Bindawa. He also added Kebbi State: Wara, Yelwa and Gwandu; Zamfara: Shinkafi and Gummi Borno: Briyel; Jigawa: Gwaram; Kwara: Jebba; Niger: Mashegu and Kontagora are also included. Farinloye thanked the Flood Early Warning System (FEWS) Central Hub of the Federal Ministry of Environment Abuja for sharing the information. (NAN)

Flood: NEMA alerts 14 states, 31 communities Read More

Sudan: Evacuation of over 2,000 Nigerians begins today

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confirmed plans to evacuate over 2,000 Nigerians in crisis-hit Sudan this morning. This came on a day management of Air Peace expressed its willingness to evacuate Nigerians stranded in the Horn of Africa country free of charge. This is even as Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also yesterday encouraged Nigerian students in the war-torn country to remain in their universities to avert danger. Recall that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, had in an interview on Channels Television on Sunday night, said the only option remaining for Nigerians to be evacuated out of Sudan was through land, as the airport in the capital, Khartoum, had been shut, adding that the federal government was working with the Egyptian authorities to make this possible but didn’t say when the evuacuation would commence. But speaking in an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily yesterday, the Director, Special Duties, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Onimode Bandele, said: “The truth is nobody has been evacuated yet. I just spoke to the …

Sudan: Evacuation of over 2,000 Nigerians begins today Read More

NEMA Cautions Motorists Against Speed, Others

By Ruth OketundeAbuja, – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has warned motorists against driving on road shoulder and speeding during the festive season to avoid road accidents. Mr Justin Uwazuruonye, Head, NEMA’s Abuja Operations Office, gave the warning at a stakeholders interactive training on the use of extricating tools on-board the rapid response vehicles and other equipment in Abuja. Uwazuruonye said that the essence of the training was to enlighten the participants on the use of the tools to enable them to handle disaster victims in a professional manner. According to him, one agency cannot achieve traffic incident management, as such, it is important to sharpen their skills when carrying out their task of saving lives during disasters. “The essence of the training is to make sure that they have the capacity to respond effectively and efficiently and also to manage the equipment. “Recently, we noticed that so many Nigerians do not obey traffic rules and they don’t even pay attention to traffic signs and symbols. “Some of them do not even know that driving on the shoulder of …

NEMA Cautions Motorists Against Speed, Others Read More

NEMA, Military Begin SAR Operation To Airlift trapped Flood Victims in Anambra

By Lucy Osuizigbo-Okechukwu Awka, – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and the Disaster Response Unit (DRU) of the Military has commenced Aerial view operation to ascertain persons displaced or trapped by the rising floods in Anambra. Mr Thickman Tanimu, Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, South-East, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Awka, that it would aid the airlifting of trapped persons in the affected communities. “Search and Rescue (SAR Operations) has commenced today. The Military DRU have engaged and have started ‘Air Recce’ or Aerial view to collect imagery intelligence of the affected communities. “This will help to accertain displaced and trapped persons who need to be evacuated to pave the way for air lifting,” he said. Tanimu said that the Presidency and the Director-General NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed-Habib, while commiserating with the state government and flood victims including the bereaved, approved the relief materials. He said that the relief materials would be presented directly to flood victims on Tuesday. “The delay in arrival of the relief materials is due to the flood disaster that cut off Abuja …

NEMA, Military Begin SAR Operation To Airlift trapped Flood Victims in Anambra Read More

Panic in Ikeja over massive gas leakage

Areas affected include Computer Village, Underbridge Awolowo Way, Oba Akran axis, Onifowose Street and Medical Road. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) warned against naked light to prevent explosion over massive gas pipeline leakages in the axis. Southwest Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye, while appealing to the people to avoid opening their shops or igniting naked flames, urged that utmost safety precautions must be taken to avert any disaster. The alert created a panic as many traders and residents moved away from the vicinity. The situation created a traffic girdlock with many residents running helter skelter. Details shortly… Source

Panic in Ikeja over massive gas leakage Read More

NEMA receives 162 Nigerian returnees from Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday said it had received 162 Nigerian returnees from Libya through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. Farinloye said the returnees who were stranded in Libya, departed Mitiga International Airport, Tripoli, aboard a chartered Buraq Aircraft at 10.00pm local time and arrived at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, on Wednesday, at 2.10am Nigerian time. “The returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration through voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed persons. “They had left the country to seek for greener pasture in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated. “The International Organisation for Migration since 2017 had assisted to bring about 21,000 distressed Nigerians back to the country,” Farinloye said. He said the returnees were 98 adult females, 28 adult males, 19 female children and five male children, nine female infants and three male infants. Farinloye said five of the returnees …

NEMA receives 162 Nigerian returnees from Libya Read More

Benue Killings: Sen Abba Moro urges security agencies to intervene

…wants NEMA to send relief materials to stranded IDPs. By Ogechi Okorie Abuja (Precise Post) – Senator representing Benue South District, Abba Moro, has called on security agencies in the country to, as a matter of urgency, intervene in the killings of natives by suspected herdsmen in four communities in Benue South Senatorial District.  The lawmaker made the plea during plenary on Wednesday after raising a point of order to draw the attention of the upper chamber to recent killings in Ado Local Government Area.  Coming under Order 43 of the Senate Rules, Senator Moro bemoaned what he described as “a violent rising wave of Fulani Herdsmen attacks in the Benue South Senatorial District of Benue State”. According to him, “the menace has spread like wildfire which poses a great threat to the continued peaceful existence of Communities in Benue South Region.  “Notes further with grave pain that, on 30th May, 2021, Odokem, Ataloga, Ndigwe and Nduobasi Communities of Ado Local Government Area in Benue South Senatorial District were invaded by suspected Fulani herdsmen, who were heavily armed and over …

Benue Killings: Sen Abba Moro urges security agencies to intervene Read More

Group Louds Buhari, Say Sack of DG NEMA Timely

By Ogechi Okorie Abuja – A non-governmental organisation under the auspices of Concerned Citizens for Good Governance” has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari saying that the sacking of the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engr. Mustapha Maihaja as would not have come at a better time than now..   The group said the coming on stream of AVM Muhammadu Alhaji (rtd) as the substantive Director General would rejig the activities of the agency.  Disclosing this on Monday in statement, the President of the group, Mr. Adamu Bawa said Maihaja’s sack was in the best interest of the country, noting that the high handedness and lack of capacity displayed by the DG affected disaster management and emergency response in the country. The statement added that series of controversies and allegations of corrupt practices levelled against him and some staff of the agency was a source of concern to Nigerians.  The statement said,   “In 2018, the House of Representatives accused him of mismanaging resources as well as creating inefficiency that led to the setting up of a committee to investigate the release of N5.9 billion Food …

Group Louds Buhari, Say Sack of DG NEMA Timely Read More

Lagos Pipeline Fire Still On, Defies Efforts Of Federal, State Fire Services, Others

By Ijeoma Popoola Lagos (Precise Post) – The pipeline explosion which occurred at about 9.00am in  Lagos on Sunday has yet to be put out in spite of the combined efforts of the Federal  Fire Service, Lagos State Fire Service and others. The others include the National Emergency Management Agency,  Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross, the police and other security operatives. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent at the scene reports that as at 7.15p.m., the fire which left at least 15  dead and destroyed more than 70 buildings,  was still raging at Abule Ado, near Festac Town, Lagos. Also, as at the time, some  students of the Bethlehem School, owned by the Catholic Church, were still feared trapped in rubbles which their school was reduced to by the explosion. The emergency management agencies had to deploy an excavator as at 6.30p.m in an intensified  effort to ensure no one would remain trapped. The fire has, however, been reduced. The explosion has left many residents of the community confused. A NAN correspondent saw some of those rendered …

Lagos Pipeline Fire Still On, Defies Efforts Of Federal, State Fire Services, Others Read More

Lagos Explosion: NEMA Says Over 50 Houses Destroyed

By Solomon Asowata Lagos (Precise Post) – Over 50 buildings were destroyed in the explosion that rocked Abule Ado, near the Trade Fair Complex on the Lagos-Badagry highway Sunday morning, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said. Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday. Farinloye said that the cause of the incident and casualty figure were currently unknown as “rescue operations are still going on in the affected area’’. He said the resulting fire, from the explosion, later spread to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline passing through the area, although though the pipeline has been shut down as a precautionary measure. According to him, a combined team of the Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service and the Nigerian Navy Fire Tender are currently battling to put out the inferno. NAN reports that the explosion, which occurred at about 9.00 a.m. on Sunday caused panic among Lagos residents after it shook many houses in Ijegun, Festac Town …

Lagos Explosion: NEMA Says Over 50 Houses Destroyed Read More

NEMA Seeks Partnership With Media On Disaster Reportage

By Rita Iliya Minna – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday  called for stronger partnership with journalists on reporting disaster occurrence in Niger state. Mrs Lydia Wagami, Head, NEMA Minna Operation Office, made the call in Minna during a one-day forum with journalists. She said forming a synergy between both parties has become imperative because an effective and transparent reporting is a vital condition for a just and harmonious disaster management. Wagami said as a result of this the media is an integral part in disaster management as information on disaster occurrence were being disseminated to the public through the media. “The meeting is to create synergy and better collaboration between NEMA and media houses. It is to also provide a forum for various gaps to be close and have a better understanding of one another. “This is especially to let the media know of the role they are expected to play while reporting disaster, this is to always confirm the actual number of casualties when there is disaster before feeding the information to the public,” she said. …

NEMA Seeks Partnership With Media On Disaster Reportage Read More

NEMA Tasks Stakeholders On Disasters Mitigation, Management

By Rita Iliya Minna – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called on government and NGOs to come up with measures that would promote disaster mitigation and management in the country. NEMA Head of Minna Operation Office, Mrs Lydia Wagami, in a statement in Minna on Sunday gave the advice at the commemoration of the 2019 International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). IDDR is a day set aside by the United Nations to focus on how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and the importance of reigning in the risk. Wagami urged relevant stakeholders to come up with a disaster mitigation and management approach that would reduce damages on social infrastructures. According to her, the call is in line with the theme for this year’s IDDR titled “Reduce Disaster Damage to Critical Infrastructure and Disruption of Basic Services”. She said the theme was a continuation of the “Sendai Seven” campaign, which centres on the seven targets of Sendai Framework. “The aim is to focus on the target of the Sendai framework which highlights …

NEMA Tasks Stakeholders On Disasters Mitigation, Management Read More

NEMA Distributes Free Fertilisers To Kogi Farmers Affected By Flood

By Kola Adeyemi Lokoja – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has flagged off distribution of free fertilisers to farmers that lost their farmlands to the 2018 flood in Kogi. Mr Oluwatope Ajayi, the agency’s Team Leader for Emergency Agricultural Intervention Fund (EAIF) in the state, made this known on Monday in Lokoja. According to Ajayi, the distribution is being carried out under the Federal Government’s Emergency Agricultural Intervention Fund. The exercise was flagged off in Kogi Local Government area of the state by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Kehinde Oloruntoba. Ajayi noted that 16,059 farmers spread across nine Local Government Areas of the state would benefit from the gesture. He said that each of the farmers would receive between five to nine bags of NPK fertilisers, depending on the acreage of their farms. The team leader, however, said that only rice, cassava, maize, yam, sesame seeds, soya beans, would benefit from the free fertiliser distribution scheme. “This is a follow-up to the seeds, agrochemicals, sprayers and other agricultural inputs distributed earlier free of charge to the farmers,’’ Ajayi said …

NEMA Distributes Free Fertilisers To Kogi Farmers Affected By Flood Read More

Flood: NEMA Advises Prone Communities In Imo To Be Alert

By Ikechukwu Iweajunwa Owerri, – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has urged residents in seven flood prone communities in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta Local Government areas of Imo to be alert and always monitor the sea level. The agency said Orachi River and Oguta Lake have both risen in volume following the persistent rainfall recently. Mr Evans Ugoh, the Head of Imo/Abia operations office of NEMA, who led officials of the agency to assess sea level in the flood prone communities on Thursday said both Oguta Lake and Orashi River had risen above normal. He told the prone communities that following the persistent rise in the sea level, a possible flooding might occur. “You must continue to monitor movement of sea constantly and report to us where necessary for immediate action,” he said. Ugoh said that communities under threat were Ossemotto, Oguta, Eziorsu and Orsuobodo. While advising the prone communities on daily observance of the sea in their areas, Ugoh also mentioned other communities under threat as Opuowa, Mmahu and Etekwuru. “NEMA has already strategised with other disaster stakeholders on …

Flood: NEMA Advises Prone Communities In Imo To Be Alert Read More