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Natural disaster: Bankole calls for state laws

ABUJA—Following numerous natural disasters that took place across the nation in recent times, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole has called on state governments and their legislative Houses to pass enabling laws empowering emergency relief agencies to function during time of disaster at the state level.

Making the call ahead of his visit to disaster struck Abeokuta metropolis and environs, when officials of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA paid him a visit to brief him on the disaster, Bankole said there is need for enabling laws and proper structures at the state level for the national body to relate with in time of emergencies, stressing that there is need to avoid duplication of effort.

While stating that adequate government response to emergencies shows that it cares for its people, he called on NEMA to present its immediate needs to the government while awaiting the passage of the supplementary budget.

Earlier on, Dr. Charles Agbo, the Directors-General of NEMA who led top management of the agency to the office of the
Speaker said that immediately after the flood disaster in Abeokuta, NEMA moved in and did an immediate assessment of the disaster adding however, that NEMA’s effectiveness is premised on the functioning of state emergency agencies with proper structure and funding.


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