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NEMA calls for synergy among stakeholders against flood

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NEMA calls for synergy among stakeholders against flood

By: Olatunji Omirin

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has reiterated that strengthening synergy between the agency and other stakeholders is critical to mitigate the effect of flood in Borno state. 

The acting Zonal Coordinator North East zonal office, Sirajo Garba said this during a one-day sensitisation programme on flood management held in Maiduguri

He explained that the Zonal office has carried out vulnerability test of flood-prone areas across the state and have been sensitising people living on waterways and river banks to relocate to safer locations. 

Sirajo expressed concern that some communities in parts of the metropolis have converted drainage networks constructed by the state government into waste disposal points, noting that it is one of the contributing factors to flooding. 

“It is because of the season of rain and flooding, that we deem it necessary to organize this workshop to bring the critical stakeholders together to change ideas and also provide a refresher on the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder if there is an incident. 

“We understand that synergy with critical stakeholders plays a greater role in mitigating floods. 

“We also deem it necessary to identify flood-prone areas or locations to educate the communities on the dangers of residing in these locations.

“We are working towards how to carry along the religious and community leaders, that it is not one man business.

“It is a task for everyone to ensure we safeguard our communities against floods because governments can’t alone,” Sirajo said.

He commended the state government for embarking on the desilting of drainage networks across the state and called on the public to imbibe the culture of environmental hygiene. 

Representative of Borno State Emergency Management Agency SEMA Ali Mbusube described the programme as timely and will strengthen collaborative efforts to mitigate floods.

The workshop was attended by security agencies, SEMA, the Nigeria Red Cross, the Federal and State Fire Service, the United Nations Agency, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and other government agencies. 

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Security: NIS CG Appeals to Market Women, Youths, Traditional Rulers to Help in Border Surveillance

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Security: NIS CG Appeals to Market Women, Youths, Traditional Rulers to Help in Border Surveillance

By: Michael Mike

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mrs Kemi Nandap has appealed for the support of market women, youths and traditional rulers for proper monitoring and surveillance of Nigerian borders.

Nandap, in her appeal, insisted that their support has become imperative as critical stakeholders in managing the nation’s borders, especially the vast unmanned areas.

Nandap made the remarks during assessment tours to Nigeria borders towns and villages in Katsina and Jigawa States

A statement from the Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Kenneth Udo, revealed that the Immigration boss during her tour of duty took time out to visit former President, Muhammadu Buhari and the Emir of Daura Alhaji Umar Farouk.

He said during the tour, the CG visited the Fago Patrol Base, Daura Forward Operational Base and Kongolam Border control post as well as Magatari Control Post where she inspected the ongoing e-border projects and other facilities.

Nandap called on critical stakeholders at the border communities especially traditional leaders, youth leaders, transport unions and market women, to support the Service in safeguarding the country’s borders particularly in the vast unmanned areas.

She however warned the stakeholders on the dangers of transborder organised crimes such as smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons with particular emphasis on the need to always provide useful information on the activities of irregular migrants.

The CG while interacting with other security agencies, called for continued collaboration in the task of effective border governance, noting that, “a safe border is a safe nation”.
She urged border officers to display utmost professionalism in the discharge of their duties and to be extra vigilant in manning the borders.

She said the federal government is committed to improving the working condition of officers at the borders through provision of logistics, accommodation and continuous capacity building.

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FG Issues Flood Alert in 15 States

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FG Issues Flood Alert in 15 States

By: Michael Mike

The Federal Government has issued a flood alert in 15 states across the country.

The National Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS) Center of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Abuja in the alert stated that the following locations and their environs are likely to witness heavy rainfall that may lead to flood within the period of prediction: 21st -25th June, 2024

The area include: Adamawa State : Abba Kumbo, Demsa, Farkumo ,Ganye, Gbajili, Jimeta, Mubi, Natubi, Shelleng, Song, Wuro- Bokki, Mayo- Belwa; Benue State : Agyo, Ugbokpo; Borno State: Maiduguri; Jigawa State: Hadejia; Kaduna State : Kauru; Kano State : Gezawa, Gwarzo, Kano, Karaye, Kunchi, Wudil; Katsina State: Daura, Jibia

Others are Kebbi State : Argungun, Bagudo, Bunza,Gwandu, Ribah, Sakaba, Shanga, Yelwa; Kogi State : Abejukolo, Omale,
Zugbe; Nasarawa State : Gidan Dogo, Keana, Lafia, Loko, Rukubi, Tunga, Udeni; Niger State : Magama; Plateau State : Langtang ,Wase; Sokoto State : Gagawa ,Goronyo, Isa, Shagari, Silame, Sokoto, Wamakko; Taraba State : Bandawa, Donga, Kwata Kanawa, Lau, Ngaruwa, Yorro; and Zamfara State: Anka, Bukkuyum, Gummi.

In another development, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Mahmud Kambari has called for the provision of safe, functional sanitary facilities and waste management materials in communities across the country, insisting that this is key to tackling infectious diseases in the country

Kambari stated this at the commemoration of National Environmental Sanitation Day in Piwoyi community Abuja, with the theme ”go green,stay clean, climate change is real” over the weekend.

The Permanent Secretary, who was represented by the Director, Pollution Control and Environmental Health, Ministry of Environment, Mr Olubunmi Olusanya said provision of these facilities would go a long way in promoting public health and improving the sanitary condition of people leaving in rural communities.

Kambari called on the people in the community to clean their surroundings regularly so as to curb the spread of diseases like cholera, typhoid fever and Lassa fever

A representative of Breakthrough Action Nigeria, a non governmental organisation, Mr Jonathan Daku encouraged the rural communities to imbibe hygienic lifestyle, as dirty environment breeds infectious diseases.

Also,the technical Officer, Public Health and Environment, World Health Organisation, WHO, Dr Edwin Edeh pledged WHO’s support to the government in scaling up the exercise in all the 36 states of the federation including FCT.

The Esu of Piwoyi, Chief Tanko Bayago appreciated the ministry of environment and its partners for choosing the community and promised to continue with sanitation awareness in the community

Highlights of the exercise were a visit to the Chief Palace , clean up exercise of the community and the donation of cleaning materials to the community.

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Cholera Outbreak: FG Urges Nigerians to be More Vigilant, Imbibe Good Sanitation, Hygiene Practices

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Cholera Outbreak: FG Urges Nigerians to be More Vigilant, Imbibe Good Sanitation, Hygiene Practices

By: Michael Mike

The Federal Government has called on all Nigerians to be more vigilant, imbibe good sanitation and hygiene practices at home and in their workplace and take preventive measures to combat the spread of cholera.

The call was made in a statement issued on Sunday by the Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Iziaq Salako who lamented
that the World Health Organization (WHO), has confirmed the ongoing cholera outbreak in Nigeria as part of the global resurgence of cases of cholera, classifying it has current a “grade 3 public health emergency”, requiring maximal WHO system wide response.

Nigeria has been identified as one of the 14 countries in Africa where the resurgence is being experienced.

The Minister said “the Federal Ministry of Environment is deeply concerned about the ongoing cholera outbreak in some states of Nigeria which has tragically claimed many lives and affected many communities. Recent situation report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicated a total number of 1159 suspected cases, 65 confirmed cases and 30 deaths across 30 States. The States most affected, contributing 90% of the total cases includes, Bayelsa, Lagos, Zamfara, Abia, Bauchi, Cross River, Ebonyi, Delta and Katsina.”

Salako said: “To prevent the spread of cholera, we urge all Nigerians to be more vigilant, imbibe good sanitation and hygiene practices at home and in their workplace and take preventive measures such as: keeping their environment clean always and disposing of waste properly at designated places.

“Ensuring the use of clean and safe water. Water from suspicious sources should be well boiled or treated by adding one part of chlorine solution to 100 parts of water.

“Avoid locally prepared drinks like kunu, sobo, fura da nono, koko, fruit juice etc except it is certain that the preparation was done in an hygienic and safe manner.

“Wash hands regularly with soap under running water, especially at moments such as after using the toilet, after cleaning a child who has gone to the toilet, before preparing food, before and after eating, and after playing with animals.

“Avoid open defecation and instead use clean and safe toilets.

“Cook foodstuff well, keeping food covered and eating it hot. Eating in public places including at parties should be done with utmost care.

“Wash fruits and vegetables with clean and safe water before eating.

“Anybody experiencing any of the symptoms of cholera is advised to seek medical attention immediately.”

The Minister also said: “We urge all Commissioners of Environment and Local Government Chairmen to support Environmental Health Officers across the country to step up their sanitation and hygiene activities through enhanced community-led total sanitation in order to break further transmission and spread of the disease. We also urge the scale-up of awareness campaigns focusing especially on places where prepared food and drinks are sold like markets, garages, schools, restaurants, stadia, religious, and sporting events. In addition, sub-national governments are urged to strengthen environmental health surveillance in eating premises like “mama put”, cafeterias, restaurants and mobile food vendors.

“We assure the general public that the Federal Ministry of Environment remains committed to ensuring a clean and healthy environment for all Nigerians. This is the only way we can prevent and curtail the incidence of Cholera outbreaks and other sanitation related diseases.”

He reiterated that: “Cholera is preventable, and prevention remains better and cheaper than cure,” urging all Nigerians to take these preventive measures seriously and more importantly, keep their environment clean.

He extended the government’s condolence to families who have lost loved ones and stand in solidarity with all those affected by the outbreak.

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