Written by Austine ELEMUE

Bello canvasses emergency awareness, commends NEMA

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, has appealed to FCT residents to adopt measures that eliminate or reduce risks of disasters in their communities. 

Bello made the call in Gwagwa during the official presentation of relief materials by the National Management Agency, NEMA, to victims of the recent flooding and other disasters in some parts of FCT during the year. 

Bello, who was represented by the Secretary, Area Council Services Secretariat, Adamu Bappah, said while the administration is prepared to provide succour to victims of disasters, it is expedient for residents to take precautions during and after flooding. 

He thanked the Director General of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Maihaja, for the agency’s responsiveness to emergency situations in the country in general and FCT in particular and pledged that provisions would be made in next year’s budget to improve the FCT FEMA’s ability and capacity to deal with emergency situations. 

The representative of DG NEMA, Mr. Kayode Fagbemi, who spoke earlier, appreciated the minister for his cooperation, adding that the agency is determined to strengthen its coordination capacity with stakeholders with a view to ensuring efficient and effective disaster management in the country. 

While commiserating with the victims of the flood disaster, the DG NEMA stated that the relief items have been provided on behalf of the federal government in order to alleviate the immediate problems of the affected persons. 

He gave a breakdown of the food items donated to include 450 bags of rice, 450 bags of beans, 250 bags of millet and 200 cartons of powdered milk among others. 

Other non-food items, according to him, are 1000 pieces of blankets, 1000 pieces of mosquito nets, 500 pieces of foam mattresses, 200 cartons of bath soap and 600 pieces of women and children’s wear. 

The flood disaster victims, according to him, have also been presented with 500 bags of cement, 300 bundles of roofing sheets, 50 packets of zinc nail, 700 pieces of ceiling board, 3 bags of three inches nails and 50 pieces of sewing machines to help rebuild their damaged houses. 

 

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