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S-South govts urged to set up state emergency management agencies


PORT HARCOURT—TO effectively manage disasters of all kinds, governments in the South-South states have been enjoined to set up state emergency management agencies.

South-South Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Emenike Umesi, who made the appeal, weekend, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said there was an urgent need for Rivers, Bayelsa and other states in the region to set up the agency.

He said governments in the region should not wait for disaster predictions before they come up with concrete plans on how to effectively tackle disaster situations, adding that the region was on the coastal plain of the country, so there was need to have emergency respondent measures on ground.

Umesi appealed to those living close to rivers in the region to be vigilant, adding that SEMA would help achieve results in times of disaster.

He said most areas in the region were prone to flood problems, stressing that a system should be worked out to take care of owners of farms affected by flood disasters.


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