The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has began sensitizing Taraba residents on ways to mitigate flooding, following the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) severe flooding forecast.
NIMET recently warned that release of water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon might cause severe flooding in some communities in Nigeria.
The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Sidi, at a workshop in Jalingo, told Taraba residents to take the prediction seriously to avoid a repeat of the 2012 experience.
Represented by the agency’s Head of the Gombe State Operations, Alhaji Saidu Minin, Sani-Sidi called on residents to obey environmental laws to reduce the effects of flooding.
The Permanent Secretary of the Taraba State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Nuvalga Dan-Habu, thanked NEMA for its prompt response to distress calls.
He commended NIMET for the early warning, which he noted, had given room for early preparation to mitigate disaster.
Dan-Habu, who noted that the State Government had already released funds for the agency to begin sensitisation, called on wealthy individuals to support disaster management efforts in the state.
The permanent secretary noted that the agency was collaborating with government agencies to provide boats and ensure the evacuation of people residing in flood-prone areas.
Also speaking, Mr Julius Butu, the Executive Director of the Taraba State Environmental Protection Agency, called on residents to cultivate habit of disposing waste properly.