The head of operations of the National Emergency Management Agency (Ekiti, Ondo and Osun), Kadiri Olanrewaju, has called on residents of Ekiti state to take precautions against the floods expected to hit the state and its environs later this year.

Olanrewaju, who said the forecast had named Ekiti by relevant agencies as one of the states expected to experience flooding based on increased rainfall, said most local government areas in the state were prone to flooding with high risks such as as a result of rainfall.

The NEMA chief spoke in Ado Ekiti at a critical stakeholder meeting on disaster risk management, tagged “Duties, Functions and Responsibilities in Disaster Management,” organized by the agency to raise community awareness and improve stakeholder response.

He said: “All of us have witnessed the recent floods in Nigeria that have claimed lives, displaced thousands of people and destroyed property worth millions of naira. Floods are causing widespread ecological disruption.

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“That is why it has become necessary for communities, individuals and authorities to take proactive measures. We need to believe that prevention is better and cheaper than cure, and we need to take climate change issues more seriously,” he said.

Olanrewaju said that poorly managed urbanization, ecosystem degradation and poverty are the main causes of vulnerability threatening human lives.

The General Manager, Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, Jide Borode, described NEMA as a key collaborative partner in disaster management, which, he said, has facilitated the effectiveness of the response of people in high-risk communities and internally displaced persons to adapt. and to live with the risk factors associated with flooding.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment Ayodele Adeyanju, assuring NEMA of the government’s readiness and support in emergencies and response, called for greater awareness and capacity building of individuals in the flood-affected communities.

Stakeholders at the meeting included the Federal Fire Service, the Police of Nigeria, the Nigerian Security and Civil Protection Corps, the Red Cross, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the National Guidance Bureau, the National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Agency, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Environment, media and residents of the flood-prone communities.

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