By Mike Ebonugwo
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has asked states and people of the South-South geo-political zone of the country to take precautionary measures to safeguard themselves from climate-related disasters.
The warning is coming against the backdrop of increased incidents of flooding recorded across the country since the beginning of the rainy season.
NEMA, in a statement by its Head of Public Relations, Mr. Yushau Shuaib, said that such measures had become imperative because “this part of the country is particularly vulnerable to the extremes of weather change.”
He added that NEMA will take its regional forum on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management to Asaba, Delta State, where stakeholders in disaster management from federal, state and local government areas, communities, private sector, the academia, among others will converge to discuss the negative impacts of climate change and proffer solutions.
After visits to Lagos and Kano states to assess the massive flooding, the Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Sani-Sidi, had said the reality of climate change was no longer in doubt.
He said: “We must do everything possible to build the resilience of the people and communities to the negative impacts of floods, windstorms, ocean surge, diseases among others.”
Sani-Sidi ,who exchanged views with zonal coordinators and other stakeholders, weekend, said South-South is particularly vulnerable and the regional workshop will provide the opportunity for experts to look at their peculiar situation to come up with the best measures to build their adaptive capacity and enhance their resilience to the impacts of climate change.
He told newsmen that emergency management was crucial to the attainment of the directive of the President Goodluck Jonathan that government’s energy be channeled into providing security of life and property and happiness to the people.