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Waste Disposal: NEMA, stakeholders want stiffer penalties

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and stakeholders on environment in Niger, have advocated stiffer penalties for indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the state.

The stakeholders made the call in a communique on Wednesday in Minna issued at the end of a meeting on “2019 Flood Preparedness, Mitigation and Response”.

They said that stiff measures on refuse management were necessary to avert the danger associated with flood disaster in the state.

The stakeholders urged disaster management agencies to partner media organisations to ensure adequate publicity on the penalties for residents engaged in indiscriminate waste disposal, especially along water channels.

The communiqué called for advance early warning system and pre-planning activities for successful mitigation and management of flood disaster in the state.

It suggested that traditional and modern means of information dissemination should be used as early warning mechanism in alerting residents during emergency.

The stakeholders called for increased sensitisation and awareness creation on riparian communities on the need to relocate to safer ground, particularly during raining season.

The communique said that the stakeholders resolved that structural measures should focus on protection of human health and safety measures.

It called for continuous monitoring of trans-boundary streams and river flows in the state for effective dam operations as well as flood control and management.

It urged government to enforce laws to conserve and restore degraded wet-lands and flood plains in the state.

Edited by Polycarp Auta and Olisa Ifeajika

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Rain: Flood takes over residential areas in Maiduguri

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Flood has taken over  residential quarters and major roads in Maiduguri following heavy rainfall in the past two days in the metropolis.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the rain which lasted for many hours on Monday and Tuesday, resulted to flooding in residential areas and other strategic locations in the metropolis.

Some of the affected areas include Polo, Gomari major roads and Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.

A cross section of the residents who spoke with NAN attributed the flooding to the blockage of waterways due to indiscriminate dumping of waste into drains.

Mr Abdulrahim Abba, a resident of Polo area, said his house was submerged by water due to blockage of drains in the area.

Abba said that water filled his home and caused damaged to some households belongings.

“There is too much water flowing into my compound, the entire house is submerged.

“The drains are blocked which makes the water run into residential homes,” he said.

Mrs Hauwa Ali, a displaced person at the Bakassi camp said that her tent and several others were submerged due to lack of outlets to drain the water from the camp.

Another resident, Mohammed Shehu, decried the perennial flooding in major roads due to blockage of drains in the metropolis.

Shehu called on the people to clear drains and desist from further dumping of waste in waterways to control flooding.

NAN reports that the flood also affected roads such as London, Old GRA and Bulunkutu areas of the metropolis due to the ongoing rehabilitation works in the localities.

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Federal legislators sympathise with victims of flood in Niger State

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By Rita Iliya

Minna, Aug. 20, 2019 (NAN Members of National Assembly representing Niger State have expressed sympathy to victims of flood that claimed three lives and destroyed several houses in Minna on Saturday.

Alhaji Abdullahi Sabi, the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate spoke with journalists on Tuesday shortly after a meeting with Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger.

Sabi said that the National Assembly was concerned about the continuous flooding being experienced in the state.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the legislators consisting of three senators and 10 House of Representatives members came to pay sallah homage to the governor.

Sabi said that the members would support the victims and approach the National Emergency Management Agency for assistance.

“The incident is an unfortunate one especially since it was long we had flood within Minna town.

“We will give our own support to the affected persons to bring succour to them,” he said.

Sabi, who promised that the matter would be brought before the Senate after resumption from break, said plans were on ground to get a legislative framework that would address the issue of flooding.

He called for attitudinal change toward indiscriminate dumping of refuse in flood plains and channels.

Sabi urged relevant environmental agencies to take proactive measures by enlightening the people on the risks involved in dumping of refuse in drainage.

On the challenges of insecurity in the state, the senator said Niger had witnessed series of attacks recently by armed bandits who fled from Zamafara, Sokoto and Kaduna.

“We have witnessed attacks and kidnappings, especially in Zone B, and we are concerned about it.

“We will continue to give our contributions to come to a resolution on the security challenges across the country,” he said.

 

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Flood ravages 10 out of 17 Yobe LGAs—Official

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Yobe government on Tuesday said no fewer than 3,000 houses in 10 out of the 17 local government areas in the state were affected by flood.

Dr Mohammed Goje, the Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said this on Tuesday in Kalalawa, while distributing relief materials to victims of floods.

Goje said the flood destroyed many houses and farmlands with most of the victims taking shelter with their relations in the communities.

He said government had provided food items, roofing materials, beddings and clothings among others to cushion the effect of hardship suffered by the victims.

“We have profiled the victims and provided them with relief materials in all the affected areas.

“Here in Kalalawa, there are 90 victims and every beneficiary received one bag of rice, two bundles of roofing sheets, 30 pieces of roofing woods, nails, mats, blankets and cooking oil,” he said.

Goje urged the people to evacuate all blockages on waterways, stressing that it had become necessary to reduce the effects of the floods as more rains were expected before the end of the season.

The secretary appealed to humanitarian partners to support government’s efforts by providing the victims with relief materials to improve their lives.

Some of the victims, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency , commended the state government for providing them with relief materials.

Malam Mbomberi Kalalawa, a 70 year old visually impaired flood victim said “government’s intervention at this crucial moment is timely and it saved many lives,” he said.

Kulu Ali, a house wife whose house was also washed away by the floods, commended the state government for the intervention and the community for accommodating the victims.

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Flood threatens cemetery, 2 villages in Jigawa

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High water level in Hadejia River in Jigawa is threatening to wash away Hadejia Central Cemetery and Aguyaka and Guduchi villages.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the rise in the water level was triggered by days of heavy rain in the area.

Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Hadejia, Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammad, the Council’s Chairman, expressed concern over the development.

“If this heavy rain continues, I assure you our cemetery as well as Aguyaka and Guduchin villages along the stretch of the Hadejia River will be washed away,” he said.

“I am appealing for support from the state government and non-governmental organisations to deal with this threat, perhaps by providing heavy equipment that can assist in building bigger and stronger embankment.

“On our part, we distributed thousands of sacks to residents to erect sand-bag embankment at the river.

“We engaged many youths in this exercise across this area; but the truth is dealing with this crises is beyond our capacity,” the chairman said. 

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Agency warns developers against building on waterways

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The Awka Capital Territory Development Authority(ACTDA) has called on developers operating in the state to desist from erecting structures on the waterways, saying such could lead to flooding.

Its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ven. Amaechi Okwuosa, told the Nigeria News Agency in Awka on Tuesday that the state capital, Akwa, was repleted with such recklessness on the part of developers.

Okwuosa described the act as flouting the state’s building laws as it was usually done without approval from the ACTDA, the agency in charge of development in the capital city of Anambra.

According to him, the act is unpatriotic and disheartening, warning developers operating in the state to henceforth desist from such act.

Okwuosa said that some developers do erect structures on the waterways without giving consideration to its future implications and consequences the residents would face in due course.

“Those buildings erected on waterways wreak havoc whenever it rains, this will not continue as the agency is determined to rid the city of all forms of illegal structures henceforth,” he said.

Okwuosa said that human life was more important than structures, advising land developers in the state to always obtain approvals before engaging in building construction.

He said that the agency was ready to demolish structures marked for removal henceforth, and urged developers to ensure they follow due process to avoid demolition.

Okwuosa said that structures marked either for demolition or adjustment by the agency would be removed by their owners.

He said if they failed by violating the order, such owners would be prosecuted, while the agency would remove such at their expense.

The chief executive officer said the agency had been visiting some areas where flood had wreaked havoc to destroy such 0buildings erected on the waterways in the state.

He appealed to developers to always consider safety of the people.

Okwuosa said that some buildings like parameter fence, a school, church, uncompleted building, among others, built on waterways had been marked for demolition and or adjustment by the ACTDA.

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