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NEMA raises alarm on drought …to affect Sokoto, Kano, Jigawa, 9 other states

By Liade Akinboade

ABUJA — National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has raised alarm of drought in 11 states in the Northern part of Nigeria; this is due to reduction in rainfall.

This was stated in a statement by Head of Public Relations, Mr. Yushau  Shuaib, who represented the  Director General  of the agency, AVM Mohammed Audu-Bida (rtd), said early warnings have been sent to the affected states, saying that the warning will ensure sensitisation to farmers.

The states that were listed include, Sokoto, Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Jigawa and Kano in the North-West and Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa States in the North-Eastern part of the country.

According to the DG of NEMA, “The drought warning alert by the agency became necessary as a precautionary measure that would guide the states to make adequate planning including sensitization of farmers, contingency stockpiling and networking with local institutions for effective mitigation on likely negative consequences of the climate condition.”

“11 states in the Northern part of the country have been sent early warning letters, detailing local government areas that may be affected and the population of the people in the areas.”

Audu-Bida said it is very important for the affected states to take precautionary measures in ensuring that people living in the affected states are adequately cared for. He recalled that early in 2009, the agency sent warning to some governors on likely flooding before the commencement of the rainy season that was heavy and erratic in various part of the country, saying only few states adopted the advice.

“The consequences of inaction, badly affected cities and town in coastal areas with the floods rendering over 150,000 Nigerians homeless and properties worth millions of Naira lost,” he said.

Audu-Bida noted, “The agency apart from relying on relevant institution like NIMET in whether forecasting, it is equipped with latest remote sensing technology to forecast climatic changes and detect disaster prone spots.

The state-of-the- art equipment that use satellite technology include Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratory and Corspas-SarSat in the Mission Control Centre (MCC) at the agency Headquarters in Abuja.”


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