Banditry: IDPs in 14 Niger State LGAs get NEMA relief

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced direct distribution of relief materials to 24,925 household of displaced persons affected by banditry in 14 Local Government Areas of Niger State.

Director General of NEMA AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd.) flagged off the relief distribution in Kuta, the headquarters of Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.

The NEMA DG who was represented by the Head of Minna Operations Office, Hajiya Zainab Ahmad Saidu sympathised with the affected persons and said the relief materials approved by President Muhammadu Buhari were delivered to complement the efforts of the Niger State Government and others to provide them with succor over their situation.

A joint assessment recently conducted by staff of NEMA and Niger State Emergency Management Agency, showed the IDPs were in need of food support, the NEMA boss explained.  

It was on this basis that the presidential approval was obtained and the requisite materials comprised of 5412 bags (10kg) of rice, 5412 bags (10kg) of beans, 500 kegs of vegetable oil, 500 cartons of seasoning cubes and 500 bags of iodized salt were delivered to them.

He further explained that the materials would be distributed directly to the affected persons in the camps and host communities by NEMA staff in collaboration with officials of the state Emergency Management Agency.

The beneficiary LGAs include Rafi, Shiroro, Bosso, Munya, Paikoro, Mariga, Kontagora, Magama, Mashegu, Wushishi, Rijau, Borgu, Lapai and Lavun Local Government Areas.

Flood forecasting, management: NEMA provides automatic weather observatories to NIHSA

To enhance operations of the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has provided three automatic Weather Observation Stations in support to NIHSA.
 
Speaking in Abuja, at the unveiling of the 2021 annual flood outlook by the NHSA, NEMA’s Director General, AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd) said the weather stations are at various stages of installations are located in Nasarawa State University, Keffi; Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti and Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State
 
According to AVM Muhammed, NEMA values “collaboration with our partners and are ready to strengthen the multi-agency approach to disaster risk reduction.”
 
He said the weather stations will be useful for hydrological predictions and also to train students in the field of Geography, Engineering, Agriculture, meteorology, climate change and other sciences. 
 
Reviewing the flood of last year, he said “COVID-19 Pandemic reduced States and communities’ abilities to cope with climate induced disasters, thus imposing more burden on Federal Government Agencies to mitigate and respond to disasters.
 
“However, despite the gloomy nature of the pandemic, presenting a case of disaster within a disaster, our advocacy and engagement with stakeholders in 2020 led to reduction in the negative impacts of flood on the people.
“A total of 2,353,647 people were affected by 2020 flood disaster, but 69 lives were lost compared with the 158 lives but only 277,555 affected in 2019. “
 
Further according to him, “One of the lessons learnt during the 2020 flood after action review meeting is the need for proper utilization of our dams in the country. When dams meant for irrigation purposes are used for dry season agriculture, they acquire more capacities to hold more water in the rainy season. In addition, a timely controlled release of water from dams will reduce panic release of water during rainy season that can lead to further flooding”
 
As part of strategy for this year’s flood management, the NEMA DG said the Agency will ensure that all states and communities that are vulnerable to flood received timely warnings through community engagement, television programmes and information, education and communication materials amongst other public enlightenment activities that would be carried out.
 
The Minister of Water Resources Engr Suleiman Adamu who unveiled the AFO said the document was a clarion call to all stakeholders to rise and set up appropriate mechanism such as clearing the waterways and flood paths as well as maintaining proper water disposal management practices to curtail the ravages of the impending flood and threats of COVID-19.

The DG NEMA commiserate with the Chief of Air Staff and the Nigerian Air Force over the NAF Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crash

The DG NEMA AVM MA Muhammed (rtd) on behalf of the management and staff of the Agency commiserate with the Chief of Air Staff and the Nigerian Air Force over the NAF Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft that crashed today in Abuja while out on special duties for the Nation.
May the souls of the departed rest in perfect peace.
The DG sends out his sincere condolences and prayers to the families and loved ones of the deceased.
“It’s a sad day for the Nigerian Air Force family and indeed the entire Nation” he said.

Relief item distribution by NEMA approved by the President HE Muhammadu Buhari for victims of insurgency in Magumeri and Gubio Local Government Areas of Borno state

NEMA has distributed relief items approved by the President HE Muhammadu Buhari for victims of insurgency in Magumeri and Gubio Local Government Areas of Borno state.
The relief distribution was flagged off by the Director General NEMA AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd) who was represented by NEMA North East Zonal Coordinator Chonoko Isah Ishaya.
A member of the House of Representatives for Magumeri/Gubio/Kaga constituency witnessed the distribution.
The relief intervention consisted of food and non-food items. It would be recalled that some communities in the two Local Government Areas were affected by recent attacks by insurgents.

As part of strategy for awareness creation and response to dry season fire in Oyo State, NEMA has held a stakeholders meeting and simulation exercise to enhance collaborative efforts among them.

As part of strategy for awareness creation and response to dry season fire in Oyo State, the National Emergency Management Agency has held a stakeholders meeting and simulation exercise to enhance collaborative efforts among them.

The meeting was held in Ibadan. The Director General of NEMA AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd) who was represented by the South West zonal coordinator Mr Lugard Slaku Bijimi said it was deliberately designed with focus on fire prevention and control, crowd management during disasters, effective coordination and risk awareness in the communities. The stakeholders present included representatives of the Federal Fire Service, Oyo State Fire Service, Military, Nigerian Police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps.

Head of Territorial and Operational offices One-Day retreat

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) new Head of Office in Nigeria @OCHANigeria Mr Trond Jensen Friday visited NEMA headquarters in Abuja. He was received by the Director General AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd). Mr Jensen was accompanied by Mr Vincent Omuga also of the UN-OCHA Nigeria, while the Director Planning Research and Forecasting Mr Kayode Fagbemi joined the Director-General in receiving them.
The Director-General of NEMA and new Head of UN-OCHA Nigeria discussed about collaboration between the two organisations with commitment to work towards adding more value for benefit of the distressed.

UN-OCHA new Head of Office in Nigeria Mr Trond Jensen Friday visited NEMA headquarters in Abuja.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) new Head of Office in Nigeria @OCHANigeria Mr Trond Jensen Friday visited NEMA headquarters in Abuja. He was received by the Director General AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd). Mr Jensen was accompanied by Mr Vincent Omuga also of the UN-OCHA Nigeria, while the Director Planning Research and Forecasting Mr Kayode Fagbemi joined the Director-General in receiving them.
The Director-General of NEMA and new Head of UN-OCHA Nigeria discussed about collaboration between the two organisations with commitment to work towards adding more value for benefit of the distressed.

NEMA distributes relief to persons affected by windstorms in Kwara State.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the weekend distributed relief materials to 662 households affected by windstorm in three Local Government Areas of Kwara State.
 
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the affected local government areas are Kaiama, Baruten and Edu.
 
The  relief materials made up of food and non-food items which distributed directly to the affected persons in Kaiama, Baruten and Edu Local Government Areas. 
Director General of  AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd), while flagging off the distribution said the relief intervention was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for the affected persons to ameliorate the impact of the disaster they suffered and enable them to restart their lives.
The DG NEMA who was represented by the Head of the Agency’s Minna Operations Office, covering Niger and Kwara  States Lydia Wagami Madu gave the breakdown of the items as 662 bags of rice (12.5kg), 662 bags of maize (12.5kg), 662 bags of beans (25kg), 66 bags of sugar, 66 kegs of vegetable oil and 1,300 pieces of the mattress.
 
Others, he said were 1,300 pieces of blankets, 1,300 pieces of mosquito net, 1,200 bags of cement, 1,000 bundles of roofing sheet, 175 bags of 3 inches nail, and 350 packets of zinc nail.
 
The Director-General of NEMA AVM Muhammed, who made the presentation of the items, noted that the agency had earlier responded to the disaster when it was brought to its notice.
 
Muhammed appreciated the supports of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruq in the discharge of NEMA’s mandates. 
 
He said this informed the current distribution exercise.
 
He said the relief intervention was also to identify with the affected persons in their time of need and ensure they felt the impact of government at the grassroots level.
 
The relief distribution was carried out together with staff of Kwara State Emergency Management Authority, traditional leaders and residents.
Two of the beneficiaries, Jibril Mohammed and Mariam Haruna, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, expressed their happiness and promised to make use of the items judiciously.