By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—THE Senate has urged the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA to immediately intervene by providing relief materials to the victims of windstorm in Ebonyi State and to help rebuild their homes, worship places and schools following deaths and destruction of property by the storm.
The Senate also called on the Nigerian Meteorological Agencay, NIMET and other relevant government agencies to be more proactive in predicting and giving early warning signals of natural disasters so that the people could take precautionary measures to minimize the disastrous effects of such natural disasters.
The upper chamber has also mandated its Committee on Environment to visit the affected communities to assess the damages and to make appropriate recommendations.
The resolutions of the senate yesterday were sequel to a motion by Senator Sam Egwu, PDP, Ebonyi North and titled, “Destruction of lives and property in Ebonyi State by windstorm: Need for urgent action.”
Presenting the motion, Senator Egwu noted “the recent calamity suffered by several communities in Ebonyi State as a result of the invasion of highly destructive windstorm resulting in the loss of lives and property”.
According to him, “over 400 houses, including residences, churches and schools were blown away by the windstorm on April 24 at Ukwagba, Okposhi Eshi, Ekwashi, Iboko and Amaga communities in Ohaukwu, Izzi and Abakaliki local government areas of the state.”