Following the flood incidences in many parts of the country, Director General of National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, Mustapha Habib Ahmed has disclosed that the agency was already monitoring the situation to activate Emergency Operations Centres in the affected areas for search and rescue as well as conduct assessment to support the displaced persons.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Agency’s head, media, and public relations officer, Manzo Ezekiel.

Addressing a National Consultative Workshop convened to discuss 2021 flood preparedness, mitigation, and response in Abuja, the Director-General of NEMA Mustapha Habib Ahmed called on all stakeholders to work together in strengthening community resilience to flood in the country.

 “As part of our collective responsibilities Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDAs, need to always come together with the view to plan for effective response to flood, to save lives, destruction of properties and infrastructures”, he said.

The NEMA DG said the workshop was imperative as one of the expedient steps necessary to collectively prepare for and provide strategies to strengthen flood risk mitigation and effective response among disaster management stakeholders in the country.

Highlighting the flood situation so far this year, he said there have been reported cases of flooding in 210 Local Government Areas in 32 States and Federal Capital Territory with attendant loss of lives, livelihoods and properties.

In view of the emerging situation, the Director General of NEMA said the workshop was also called to strategise  and “define effective process that will allow stakeholders at state, local government and community levels to prepare sufficiently to mitigate as well as respond to anticipated climate risk and secondary hazards whenever the need arises.”

“NEMA will continue to count on the continuous cooperation and collaboration of all its stakeholders in collectively working towards saving lives, properties and attending to the distressed in our society, ” he added.

Earlier, the Director of Planning Research and Forecasting of NEMA Alhaji Alhassan Nuhu said the workshop was a continuation of the Agency’s planned activities since the release of the 2021 Seasonal Climate Prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Service Agency and the Annual Flood Outlook by the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency.

Participants at the workshop were Executive Secretaries of all the State Emergency Management Agencies SEMAs, representatives of Centres for Disaster Risk Management Studies from six universities and Heads of NEMA zonal, Territorial and Operations Offices.