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NEMA’s Director General, Alhaji Mustapha Habib Ahmed, appeals to Nigerians to Take Proactive Measures Against Flood

In light of recent heavy rainfall in Lagos state, Nigerians are urged to recognize the potential consequences for the upcoming 2024 rainy season. It is crucial to embrace disaster risk reduction strategies across all aspects of society and adhere to safety measures to prevent flood disasters.

Currently, the continuous disruption of normal lives persists, with preliminary assessments revealing displacement in affected communities. NEMA is collaborating with relevant State MDAs to address observations and findings from the recent incident, and the State has committed to comprehensive efforts for enhanced safety.

NEMA’s Director General, Alhaji Mustapha Habib Ahmed, appeals to Nigerians to clear and desilt drainages. Community Development Associations should play a role in coordinating neighborhood activities for safer environments. Local Government Authorities are urged to enforce environmental laws against corporate organizations blocking drainages, prosecute individuals for drainage blockage and refuse dumping, ensuring societal safety.

The Director General supports Lagos State Government’s decisive actions post the 2023 rainy season, applauding the removal of drainage-obstructing structures. He encourages other State Governments to follow Lagos State’s example in taking bold steps for a safer environment, prioritizing the well-being of Nigerians in their regions.

Abdulkadir Kezo Ibrahim IkonAllah

Assistant chief Information Officer New Media

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