The Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Alhaji Mohammad Sani-Sidi said the country lost N2.6 trillion to the 2012 flood disaster.
Sani-Sidi was speaking yesterday while presenting the 2012 Flood Post Disaster Need Assessments (PDNA) and Disaster Risk Management to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim.
He said that the loss was recorded in the education, health, housing, agricultural, commerce, oil, industry, water, sanitation, transport, electricity and environment sectors, adding that the housing sector recorded the highest damage followed by agriculture.
The Director-General told the SGF that the agency had taken a number of pre-flood actions, proactive measures and post-flood response measures to address the 2012 flood disaster.
He added that NEMA would be developing a national integrated flood warning system and linking warning to preparedness, response and recovery.
Sani-Sidi suggested that to ensure effective response and recovery from future flood disasters, humanitarian coordination should be strengthened.
He said that NEMA should also be empowered to effectively play its role in disaster management.
Responding, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim said that the Federal Government would do its best to implement the recommendations of the report.
Anyim said that government was committed to ensuring that measures were put in place to avert future occurrences and to minimise the impact when they occur.
The Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, says the country loses an estimated N50bn worth of properties annually to fire disasters.
He said this yesterday at the 5th National Council on Fire held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to Moro, the country may suffer more losses considering the unfolding climate change.
“As I am speaking to you now, we are losing an average of N50bn Naira worth of properties annually and so many lives are lost every year.” Fire disaster is not regular occurrence.
People hardly take proper notice of what happens but when fire disasters occur, especially against the impending climate change, it would cost this nation very seriously in losses to its commonwealth.
Speaking to newsmen on the sideline of the event, the Minister said the ministry had presented the National fire Service Code to the Federal Executive Council. This, according to him, is important to President Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda.
He said that the next move was to get the code through to the local and state governments by presenting the Fire Safety Code to the National Economic Council.
In another development, the Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Water Resources, MR. Lasun Yusuf said on Thursday that the Federal Government had spent more than N60 billion on water-related projects across the country this year.
Yusuf said yesterday this in an interview in Sokoto on the sideline of the committee’s oversight visit in the state, that about N100 billion was earmarked for constituency projects in 2013, adding that the projects were located in the 360 federal constituencies nationwide.
Yusuf said that the National Assembly attached priority to the provision of potable water and irrigation facilities across the country.
He said that one of the projects visited by the committee in the state included the completed rehabilitation of the emergency spillway at Goronyo dam.
The lawmaker said that the gesture was to prevent the recurrence of flood in state.
“We are satisfied with what we have seen and we will make the appropriate recommendations to further boost the economic activities of the authority,” Yusuf said.