The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday in Katsina, warned that North-western states are prone to heavy rainfall and flood this year with Sokoto and Kebbi likely to be the most affected.
Alhaji Musa Ilalla, zonal coordinator of the agency in-charge of North-west zone, made the disclosure at a one-day workshop on flood preparedness and strengthening mechanisms for community based early warning system.
Ilalla said the warning became necessary to create awareness for members of the public as the Nigeria Metrological Agency (NIMET) 2013 forecast indicates that North-western states will experience heavy rains and flood.
“NEMA sees the need to embark on series of campaigns and workshops to enlighten the Nigerian populace and members of the community on mitigation and response on measures that can assist in handling flood and related disasters that might occur as a result of the expected rains,” he said.
Earlier, secretary of the State’s Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Maje Sani, said emergency management agency committees would be established in all the 34 local government areas of the state.
Also, the state’s Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Aminu Ibrahim Safana, said upon receiving the NIMET’s 2013 forecast report, the government put some measures in place.
Represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Alhaji Danjuma Alti, Safana said government has embarked on rigorous de-silting of drainages and culverts across the state capital and the 34 local government areas.
He said government would also embark on public sensitization in all the LGAs beginning from Monday next week.