The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has
sought for synergy in tackling anticipated 2020 flood in Edo.
Hajia Fatima Kassim, the Agency Deputy Director of planning, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Benin.
Kasimu who said they are in advocacy visit to the state, however expressed satisfaction with Edo government and military preparedness checkmate the yearly perennial flood.
According to her, ” My team is on advocacy visit to Edo, in order to ensure that the state government put in place proactive strategy to militate the prediction of 2020 flood.
” We also met with Military Disaster Response units (DRU)in the state, to find out how they can come in when the need arises.
“For what we have seen, they have assured us that everything is in order, and their challenges were stated, which we, the team would take to our Director-General.”
On his part, Maj. Jones Aina, the Assistant Director of Communication, NEMA, said that the agency was making arrangement to provide communication gadgets to ease difficulty of reaching out during operations
According him, NEMA has put a mechanism to see that South-South Disaster Response units have all the facility in logistic within what NEMA can provide.
“What do I mean by logistic, right from equipment; radio, vehicles and to make sure that there is resources they can support them with through the Defence Headquarters to make sure they carry out their roles without any problems,” she said.
He noted that most questions the commanders have raised, the Agency was making arrangement to procure communication equipment like radio.
He recalls that a team was sent to all the states, where NEMA has offices to do assessment with a view to having installation of radio communication equipment.
He added that the relevant stakeholders which include Arm Forces, Police, Civil Defence and state, would use the equipment.
He, however, said that NEMA had procured a large number of telephone handsets to put a sim and distribute to stakeholders without without depending so much on radio communication.
Earlier in a meeting, Lt Col. Olufemi Adebayo of DRU 322 Artillery Brigade Ekhewan Barracks and his counterpart of the Nigerian Air force DRU 107 commander, Chris Igho listed the units challenges.
Among the challenges were vehicles, communication gadgets boots.
Mr Yakubu Gowon, the SA on Special duties to Gov Godwin Obaseki said some local government areas in Edo were already faced with high risk of flooding.
Gowon listed the areas as Ikpoba-Okha, Esan South-East, Etsako Central and East local government Areas, adding that the degree was not much.
Gowon, however, appealed to NEMA to assist the state with building materials, adding that the state has enough foodstuffs piled in warehouses in case of any disaster.