Bill on Ogun emer­gency agency un­der­way

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

A bill to le­galise the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency in Ogun State would soon be passed by the House of As­sem­bly, the Com­mis­sioner for En­vi­ron­ment, Ayo Olu­bori, has dis­closed.

This is just as the Na­tional Emer­gency Agency (NEMA) warned that this year’s rainy sea­son may cause havoc in Abeokuta and its en­vi­rons.

Olu­bori, dur­ing a One-day work­shop on “Com­pre­hen­sive Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment with fo­cus on 2014 flood preven­tion, Pre­pared­ness and Mit­i­ga­tion,” or­gan­ised by the South-west zone of the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) in Abeokuta, said the state would tap on the gains of the law to project SEMA in the state.

He said the draft bill to en­sure the ma­te­ri­al­i­sa­tion “had been for­warded to the ap­pro­pri­ate quar­ters for its con­sid­er­a­tion and sub­se­quent en­act­ment,” adding: “SEMA will be fully equipped with the state of the art emer­gency res­cue equip­ment with the sole aim of re­duc­ing to its barest min­i­mum, the loss of lives and prop­er­ties, that may oc­cur due to var­i­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ards in our state.”

Olu­bori, who was rep­re­sented by a Spe­cial Ad­viser, Mr. Tunji Sanusi, ap­pealed to the NEMA to com­pli­ment the state govern­ment in as­sist­ing the vic­tims of rain­storm dis­as­ter, which oc­curred at Ijebu-Igbo re­cently.

The com­mis­sioner added: “The work­shop would af­ford the govern­ment the op­por­tu­nity to iden­tify the chal­lenges fac­ing us as a people, with re­gards to flood­ing and its re­lated en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ards. It will also serve as plat­form to ex­change ideas and come up with work­able rec­om­men­da­tions to ad­e­quately tackle the sit­u­a­tion, in flood prone ar­eas of our state.”

The Zonal Co­or­di­na­tor, South-west zone of NEMA, Al­haji Iyi­ola Akande, said hold­ing the work­shop be­came nec­es­sary in view of the alert raised by the Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency (NiMet), on Sea­sonal Rain­fall Pre­dic­tion (SRP), which in­di­cated that ab­nor­mal rain­fall should be ex­pected in Sokoto, Yola, Shaki and Abeokuta.

PHOTO: AB­DUL­LA­TEEF ALIYU

Flood caused by heavy down­pour last Wed­nes­day along Ajasse-Ipo Road in Ilorin, Kwara State.

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