By Awayi Kuje
Garaku(Nasarawa State), Aug.23,2019 Gov.Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has launched a flood awareness campaign with a call on residents of the state to avoid erecting structures along drains and water ways so as to avoid flooding.
Sule made the call on Friday in Garaku,Kokona Local Government Area while launching a sensitisation, Education and Awareness Campaign on Disaster Risk Management of the 2019 seasonal rainfall prediction on impending flood in the state .
He said flood had negative effects on societal development, hence the need for the people of the state to take precautionary measures against it in their own interest and for the overall development of the state.
“Let me appeal to the good people of Nasarawa State, particularly those that are living in areas that are prone to floods to take precautionary measures.
“We must as well educate ourselves on proper ways of refuse disposal, avoid erection of structures along drains and water ways which will block free passage of running water.
“It will be recalled that the Federal Ministry of Environment and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in collaboration with Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) have earlier issued warning of flooding particularly in 2019.
“They have predicted that this year’s rainy season will threaten communities living along river banks which will be affected by flood.
“It is on this note that the government considered it imperative to embark on mass sensitisation and awareness campaign to local government areas and flash points that are prone to flood disaster, in the state,”he said
The governor disclosed that the State Government was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Environment in tackling environmental degradation in the state for the overall development of the country.
He directed the state Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) to intensify campaign in sensitising and educating communities on the dangers of flooding to societal development.
He restated his commitment to key into good policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.
The Executive Secretary, state Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA), Mr Zachariah Allumaga ,urged the people of the state to avoid indiscriminate dumping of refuse on waters ways.
Allumaga said his called was based on NIMET prediction of impending flood in some Local government areas and flash points in the state.
In his vote of thanks, the Abaga Toni of Toni Chiefdom,Mr Lawrence Sylvester Ayih, commended the governor for launching the awareness campaign considering the negative effects of flooding on the society.
Mr Saidu Kurki, the Executive Chairman of Kokona Local Government Area of the state, thanked the governor for his developmental efforts toward improving the standard of living of the people.
“The event of today, no doubt is yet another manifestation that demonstrate your total commitment and concern toward the improvement of the living standard of our people.
“We as a council, therefore are indeed overwhelmed because the gesture will go a long way in saving lives and property of our people in the area and the state,”he said.
Edited by Saidu Adamu and Abdullahi Yusuf