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NEMA On Disaster Risk Reduction

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The National Emergency Management  Agency (NEMA) says it is now committed to Disaster Risk Reduction (PRR), rather than disaster Management.

The South-South Cordinator of NEMA, Mr Umesi Emenike disclosed this when senior course 33 of the command and staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State visited the zonal office of NEMA in Port Harcourt, recently.

“The hyogo ( South Korea) frame work for action (2005-2015) which NEMA is working on represents five goals and priorities fro action on disaster risk reduction over a 10 –year period.

“Ensuring that disaster risk reduction is a national and local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation. Identity assess and monitor disaster risk and enhance early warning, among others”, he said.

Emenike said that  to actualise  the paradigm shift on disaster  risk reduction, his office had embarked on the following activities, setting  up of volunteer services, trainings, awareness campaigns, simulation exercises workshops and meetings with stakeholders.

He noted that challenges such as lack of awareness of disaster risk reduction, political will, funding, lack of legal framework at states and  local levels are militating against smooth operations in the zone.

“It may interest you to know that moiré than 10 of NEMA, almost all the states in South-South do not have legally established offices for states emergency management agencies and local emergency management committees”, he said.

 Responding to a question from a staff, Emenike said NEMA’s job like its counterparts across the world was coordination during disasters and emergency. He said, “if states and local government have their bodies that makes our job much better”.

The NEMA coordinator also disclosed that the agency had recorded 78 disaster cases between 2006 and 2011.

He said that the zone is vulnerable to disaster such as erosion, flooding, windstorm, rainstorm, communal clashes, landslide, fires, air, water pollution from oil exploration and refining activities.

He said that epidemics such as measles, gastroenteritis, man-made disaster like oil spillage, pipeline vandalisation  communal violence  and militancy were other kinds of disaster experienced in the Niger Delta region.

Speaking, the Deputy Commandment Staff College Jaji, Rear Admiral Dele Ezeoba emphassised the need for a contingency plan for the zone. He observed what he called, “a lacuna” between NEMA and states in the south-south on disaster coordination.

“We must be proactive on issues of disaster as a people. States and  local governments should establish offices so as not to abandon disaster jobs to NEMA alone”.

“Disaster management is a collective thing and lack of structures in the South/South zone will not only affect the zone, but Nigeria in leverage funds from interAbia Deputy Gov denies Dumping PDP

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LG Boss Moves To Make Council Area Cleanest In Rivers

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Chairman of Ogba/Egbema / Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon Vincent Job, has announced a compulsory monthly sanitation exercise in the area.
Job told newsmen in Omoku last Saturday that the situation was in line with his campaign promise to make ONELGA one of the cleanest in the state.
He called on residents to ensure that their surroundings are kept clean always.
The ONELGA chairman said his administration will continue to sensitise the people on the importance of cleanliness at all times.
Job also restated his commitment to complement Governor Nyesom Wike in the areas of human capital and infrastructural development.
“I will describe the sanitation exercise today as awesome. It is in fulfillment of our campaign promise”.
“We must lead by example, my humble self, Vice Chairman, councilors and members of the executives are on the field to monitor, supervise and direct the exercise,” he said.
He urged the people to cooperate with his administration in the drive to reposition ONELGA for greater heights.

By: John Bibor

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AELN Takes Campaign On Environment To School …Inaugurates Green Mandates

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The Association of Environmental Lawyers of Nigeria (AELN), last Friday, took its sensitisation and advocacy campaign to Community Secondary School, Rumuepirikom in Port Harcourt with a charge to students of the school to join the vanguard of protecting and preserving the environment as well as keeping it clean at all times.
The association equally inaugurated some students of the school as green mandates, even as it promised scholarship to those who succeed in gaining admission in universities in the country to study Environmental Law.
Led by the National President of the association, and Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Law, Dr. Samuel Chisa Dike, the group took time to educate the students on what constitutes the environment in totality and some of the environmental challenges confronting the Niger Delta region in particular including flooding, erosion and pollution arising from oil and gas activities in the region.
Dike, who primarily dished out the lectures, at the end of it all, asked the students sundry questions, which they brilliantly provided answers to.
Interestingly, all the students who answered the questions correctly were rewarded with customised exercise books to aid and assist them in their courses of study in the school.
The National President said the association took the sensitisation campaign to the school in order to catch them young, and to inculcate in them environmental ethics, as the environment constitutes life itself and the future, for which reason, mankind must strive to preserve and protect it at all times.
According to him, the sensitisation campaign on the environment is for everybody and not only for the young.
The National Organising Secretary of the association, Mrs Tina Ihunna decorated the students who volunteered to become green mandates.
The visibly elated Principal of the school, Mrs Nina Okene thanked members of the association for the initiative, and enjoined the students to read and study hard in order to bag the association’s scholarship awards, stressing that there is need to take care of the environment.

By: Donatus Ebi

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2021 Flooding: NEMA Tasks States On Emergency Measures

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The South South zonal office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has called on states in the zone to be prepared to relocate their citizens to higher grounds in the events of flooding this year.
Zonal Director of the agency, Godwin Tepikor said this in an exclusive interview with The Tide in his office in Port Harcourt.
Tepikor said in line with the Nigerian Hydrological Survey Agency (NIHSA) production, some parts of the Niger Delta will experience devastating flooding this year.
He said the prediction should make state governments in the region to think of enduring measures to mitigate the impact of the impending flood disaster.
The Zonal Director, however regretted that most state governments in the Niger Delta region are not giving a thought to the issue.
“Let’s begin to take measures to mitigate the impact of flood, people should look for a higher ground to move to”, he said.
He noted that states in the region have roles to play in the management of flooding and its impact, stressing that NEMA is only playing the role of a coordinator as far as flooding management is concerned.
The Director also advised citizens in the zone to adopt measures that will reduce the impact of flooding in their communities.
According to him, citizens must stop using waterways as a receptacle to throw waste while building on water right of ways should be discouraged.
He also called for regular sanitation to clear the waterways of debris, while both states and local governments in the zone must regularly enlighten their people on ways of combating flooding

By: John Bibor

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