The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called on governments and the general public to take seriously warning by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency’s (NIMET) of heavy rainfall, this year, seriously to avoid a reoccurrence of flooding.
Hajiya Zainab Umar Ali, Assistant Head of Operations of NEMA in Gombe State said this after an interactive session with the press, focusing on the seasonal rainfall prediction of 2013 by NIMET.
She said the warning was a call for all stakeholders to make adequate preparation to minimise the adverse consequences “because the heavy rains may come as warned.”
The NEMA operations’ officer said, “The fact that the rainy season is taking off on a normal note now, is no reason to take the warning for granted. We should learn from last year’s experience when it all looked normal from the onset.”
She, therefore, advised members of the public never to ignore the things they hear or see in the media regarding flooding and other natural disasters.
Hajia Ali also reiterated the need to avoid building and dumping of refuse on water ways and other activities that may constitute obstruction to free flow of water.
She said NEMA would continue to ensure that Nigerians avoid avoidable disasters by taking all necessary precautionary measures.
She said the Gombe Operations Office, opened a couple of months ago, was going to liaise with relevant agencies to see that government’s directive on cleaning of drainages was strictly adhered to.