The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday commenced the distribution of 226 trucks of fertilisers for disaster victims in Benue.
Dr Martins Ejike, the Head of the NEMA team in Benue, said in Makurdi that 23, 000 farmers were affected in the 2018 flood and herders’ crisis earlier enumerated would benefit from the programme.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that NEMA earlier distributed farm inputs and seedlings to the enumerated farmers in the state.
He said that agency would conduct direct individual distribution of the fertiliser and each farmer would receive five bags.
Ejike, who also doubles as the Supervisor, Conflict Agriculture Emergency Support scheme assured that all registered farmers would benefit and no single bag of fertiliser would be diverted.
He warned that the branded fertiliser was not for sale, adding that each truck contains 600,000 bags.
Gov. Samuel Ortom commended the Federal Government for initiating the “historical agriculture emergence support plan relief programme and making it a reality for the Benue people.’’
Ortom, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Agro Business, Ms Joyce Terka further commended the Federal Government for the support given to the state during its trying times, especially to indigent farmers.
He appealed to the Federal Government to find a permanent solution to the herders’ crisis in the country.
Ms Mary Ibyamke, a beneficiary expressed gratitude for the assistance they received from the Federal Government through NEMA and pledged to make judicious use of the fertilisers.
Ibyamke assured that they would never sell the fertilisers but would use them for their farms. (NAN)
Edited by Grace Yussuf
Flood: NEMA trains emergency vanguards in Imo, Abia on quick response
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has inaugurated local emergency response vanguards in various communities in Imo and Abia, to collaborate with the agency in tackling incidences of disaster.
The Head, Imo/Abia Operation Office, Mr Evans Ugoh, made this know in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Owerri.
Ugoh said that the decision to train the local response vangards, was in line with the agenda of NEMA’s Director-General, AVM. Muhammed Muhammed (rtd), of taking disaster management to the grassroots.
He said that NEMA was mindful of the 2020 flood prediction and would intensify response activities, to ensure that incidences of disaster were curtailed in Nigeria.
The head of the operation office implored the response vanguards to discharge their duties with dedication, and warned that the agency would not tolerate inefficiency from them.
Ugoh said that the agency ended the training with retreats in Umuahia in Abia, and Isu Local Government Area in Imo, with the coordinators of the response vanguards in attendance.
He urged the coordinators to always monitor sea level in their areas and regularly update the local government authorities on the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET)’s flood predictions and the need for preparedness.
He also advised the flood-prone communities in the two states to always adhere to NEMA’s yearly flood early warning measures.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Court remands man for allegedly attacking, killing 75-year-old woman
An Upper Area Court in Makurdi on Monday ordered that a 38-year-man, Godwin Odeh who allegedly attacked and killed a 75-year-old woman be remanded in a correctional facility.
The police charged Odeh with culpable homicide.
The Judge, Ms Rose Iyorshe, who did not take the plea of Odeh, for want of jurisdiction, ordered that he be remanded in the Maximum Federal Correctional Centre, Makurdi.
Iyorshe adjourned the case until Aug. 4 for further mention.
Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Insp. Veronica Shaagee told the court that the case was transferred from the Oju Divisional Police Station to Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Makurdi through letter No. AR:3100/.5/159 dated July 15, 2020.
Shaagee said that one Sunday Odeh of Adekpara Okuro, Oju Local Government Area reported the case at the Divisional Police Station on July 11.
She alleged Odeh hit a 75-year-old woman, Rhoda Agocha witg a stick and she died on the spot.
The prosecution alleged that during Police investigation, Odeh confessed to the crime.
The prosecutor further said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 222 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue State, 2004.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
COVID-19: Nigeria reports 304 fresh infections; death toll hits 888
Nigeria reported 304 new confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the death toll jumps to 888.
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official twitter handle on Sunday.
The centre noted that five deaths were recorded in the country.
It added that till date, the country recorded 43,841 confirmed cases, 20,308 discharged and 888 deaths in 36 states and the FCT.
It showed that the 304 new cases were reported from 15 states, namely Lagos (81), FCT (39), Abia (31), Kaduna (24), Rivers (23), Plateau (16), Cross River (13), Ebonyi (12), Ondo (12) Ekiti (11), Edo (11), Benue (10), Nasarawa (10), Ogun (6) and Gombe (5).
The health agency noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, would continue to coordinate the COVID-19 national response activities across the country.
The NCDC said that Nigerians risk of the virus would be higher if they were less than six feet from people at a crowded public place or if they freely share equipment and not practice social distancing and other habits to stay healthy.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery weather activities from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms over some parts of northern states.
The states are Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi and Katsina.
According to the agency, the rest of the region will be under cloudy conditions during the time.
“Later in the day, cloudy skies with pockets of thunderstorms are anticipated over the region with the exception of Sokoto where cloudy condition is expected.
“Over the central region, cloudy skies with isolated rain showers are anticipated over Jos, Nasarawa, Makurdi, Niger and Abuja during the morning hours.
“As the day progresses, much cloudiness is expected to prevail over the region with prospects of thunderstorms over Benue, Abuja, Niger and Plateau States.’’
The agency predicted that southern coast and the inland would be cloudy with the exception of Ikom, Obudu, Calabar in Cross River and Eket in Akwa Ibom, where light rain showers were anticipated during the morning hours.
It further predicted that some southeast inland and coastal cities such as Enugu, Umuahia, Obudu, Uyo, Calabar, Eket, Port-Harcourt and Yenagoa are expected to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers later in the day.
The agency, however, envisaged cloudy skies over the inland and coastal areas of the Southwest.
According to NiMet, morning thunderstorms are likely over Katsina, Borno, Taraba and Katsina on Tuesday, while the rest of the northern region is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours.
“Places like Southern Borno, Bauchi, and Gombe will experience cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the evening while the rest of the region are expected to be cloudy.
“Cloudy skies with thunderstorms are expected over Niger axis, while other parts of the central cities will experience much cloudiness during the morning hours.
“Scattered thunderstorms are anticipated over Kaduna and Niger States in the afternoon with more prospects in the evening.
“Cloudy conditions are expected over inland and coast of the south during the morning and evening period.’’
NiMet forecast cloudy skies over the northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Borno, Gombe, and Adamawa during the morning hours of Wednesday.
It also predicted pockets of thunderstorms over Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara and Kebbi States.
“Cloudy skies are expected to prevail across the central region during the morning hours, while thunderstorms are expected over the high grounds of the central states during the afternoon and evening period.
“Cloudiness is expected to prevail over the inland and the coastal belt throughout the forecast period.’’
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Silas Nwoha (NAN)