320 Shops, 78 Vehicles, Others Destroyed In Abule Egba Fire – NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency has said 320 shops, 78 vehicles and four residential buildings were destroyed by the Abule Egba pipeline explosion in Lagos.

Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesperson for NEMA, South-West Zone, who said this in Lagos on Sunday revealed that those whose properties were destroyed by the inferno would likely get relief materials from the Federal Government.

He said the figures were obtained from the assessment carried out by the agency at the scene of the disaster which many said was caused by vandals, who ruptured the pipeline to steal fuel from it.

Farinloye said about 320 shops including lock-up and containerised shops located on the following streets: Arowolo; Shobowale; Karonwi; Santos; Owode; Taiwo Adewole and Wamon Taofeek were affected. The leaked product had spilled to the streets before catching up with a live flame at an abattoir.

“Three hundred and twenty-one traders were affected while four residential buildings (three bungalows and one building of three-bedroomed of four flats, were destroyed. The number of families affected in the buildings was 52 while 78 vehicles were burnt but the figure could be higher. Infrastructures affected are electric poles, high-tension cables, drainage culverts.

“The Federal Government may be magnanimous to approve various relief materials to the victims who had lost their sources of livelihood.

“This administration has always been humane and emphatic to the plights of such victims. Based on this, FG may consider provisions of relief materials to help the victims to kick-start their lives.”

Earlier, the Vice-President of Arowolo Youth Forum, Innocent Amidu, had appealed to the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government to compensate the victims of the explosion.

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NEMA Receives 193 Stranded Nigerians Return from Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received 193 stranded Nigerians the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) evacuated from Libya back to Nigeria.  

The Acting Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr. Segun Afolayan urged Nigerians to desist from stigmatising young Nigerians trying to seek so-called better opportunities outside the shores of the country.  

Afolayan disclosed that the Assisted Voluntary Returnees arrived  aboard of Chartered Tunisia’ Nouvelair airline with registration number TS-INQ and flight number UZ 189 at 8:32p.m. on Thursday.  

A breakdown of the returnees include: 96 females with 81 adult, one child and 14 infants while there are 97 males with 87 adults five children and five infants. “In all, we have 168 adults, six children and 19 infants,” 

 Afolayan further pointed out that it was right for everyone to live free and comfortable lives but the process or the means of seeking the fulfillment of the rights are the ones in contention.  

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Reps Report Had No Corruption Allegation Against Osinbajo – Ojudu

Nowhere in the House of Representative Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness report was there an allegation of corruption against the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and this is why claims against him from some quarters regarding the report are mere political contrivances intended to distract him.

This view was expressed by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, the Presidential Political Adviser, while responding to press inquiries about information circulating in the social media on plots to target the Vice President hatched at the meeting of a major political party abroad, regarding 2019 election.

“It is evident that the opposition are in search of company for their acts of grand corruption which brought Nigeria to its knees as of May 2015. They cannot find that company in the Vice President,” the adviser noted.

He continued: “first, there is nowhere in the politicized House of Reps report where the VP was accused of corruption or embezzlement of funds. I challenge them to quote any word or sentence that makes such an accusation.

“Even the House Committee Chairman has said there was no allegation of corruption against him. The only allegation is that he approved funds for the emergency operations in the North East from the consolidated Revenue Fund not budgeted funds. This conclusion we have proved to be false. The funds approved were from budgeted funds, specifically the Rice Levy,”

Sen. Ojudu said the recent NEMA probe report which social media account disclosed may have been authored at that meeting in a foreign country, was one of such efforts plotted to attack the Buhari administration by tarnishing the image of the Vice President.

“We have read reports in the media that the meeting in a foreign country of the major opposition party was centered on trying to attack the Buhari administration by targeting the Vice President using different tactics.

“It is now evident through the NEMA report, that the opposition is indeed making frantic efforts to tarnish the image of the Vice President,” he said.

He explained that even after Hon. Ali Isa, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness had publicly admitted that the Vice President was not mentioned in the report, the opposition still found it expedient to continue, baselessly, to attack the reputation of Prof. Osinbajo by claiming without proof or any shard of evidence that fraud was committed in the N5.8b Emergency Food Intervention Fund for North-East.

He asserted that the presidential approvals were well within lawful authority of the then Acting President.

“Let us remember that the approval granted by Prof. Osinbajo was in response to the threat of hunger and starvation based on information received from the United Nation World Food Programme in April, 2017. The organization had issued a warning that it would be reducing its vital support to about 1.8 million IDPs by as much as 85%, due to the corresponding reduction in funding by the donor countries. Around the same time, the United Nations Commission for Refugees in Geneva also warned of the growing risk of mass deaths from starvation among people living in the conflict areas.

“Besides, it is also important to note that the procurement process was not ignored in the release of funds, as alleged. Section 43 of the Public Procurement Act makes provision for emergency procurement, in which case the procuring entity is allowed to engage in direct contracting for goods and file a report thereafter with the Bureau of Public Procurement.

“Also, the BPP issued a ‘certificate of no objection’ to NEMA on the emergency procurement, and this addresses all issues relating to the alleged breach of due process,” Sen. Ojudu said.

The presidential adviser then added that the action of the opposition in the ensuing political drama indicates that the NEMA probe report is being politicized and is only a lame attempt at ruining the good works of the Buhari administration.

According to the Political Adviser, “the immediate past presidency have been unable to explain how in the years that Nigeria earned the highest revenue under its watch -$381B, when compared to any other administration since 1999, there is little or nothing to show for it.”

He said the Vice President will however not be distracted by the naysayers’ actions to discourage the Buhari administration from providing for the common man or to abandon the Social Investment Programme which it has budgeted half a trillion for in the past two years.

Sen. Ojudu added that the administration will continue to cater for Nigerians especially those at the bottom of the ladder, regardless of the antics of the opposition party.

“We know what is happening, but the administration will not be distracted. Our goals and objectives to put Nigeria on the solid path of greatness is now unstoppable and Prof. Osinbajo will not relent in that effort,” the presidential adviser concluded.

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NEMA: Osinbajo Saved Thousands Of Nigerians By Approving N5.8bn – Adagbon

With international organistaions and local agencies running out of funds, and with food shortage at its crescendo, the acting President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo approved N5.8 billion for supply of food to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the NorthEast, thereby saving hundreds of thousands of Nigerians who were going to die out of starvation. The noble action of the Vice President has been misinterpreted in some quarters even though he acted within the ambit of the law. In this interview, Gloria Adagbon, a lawyer and human rights activist makes a case for the Vice President and warns against politicizing everything.

Why didn’t the acting President involve NASS in the process before releasing N5.8bn?

Given that the law allows the Vice President to release such funds in an emergency, he seized the opportunity to do so. The national assembly has proven to be anti-progressive, it took them over six months to pass the budget, we could not let Nigerians die away while they padded the North East Emergency budget. The acting President needed to act and that was why he constituted the Presidential Committee which included Minister of fast Finance, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Minister of Agriculture, CBN governor, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, SSA to the President, Office of the Chief of Staff, SSA to the President Planning and Coordination among others. It was an emergency and it would have been suicidal to go through the national assembly, given their greed and self-centeredness. The process was transparent, FG bought local grains from Nigerian farmers and the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Military including the Air Force, were actively involved providing essential and logistical support. There is nothing clandestine by the process, it was there for all to see.

Why was procurement process ignored before money was released?

The procurement process wasn’t ignored or bypassed. Like I explained earlier, this is an emergency and the acting President needed to act fast. Waiting for the agencies to ponder over procurement would have translated to massive loss of lives. The VP was never going to allow that happen under his watch as Acting President. Section 43 of the BPP Act empowered him to approve the funds in an emergency, which was what he did. He acted in good faith and he saved hundreds of thousands of lives by doing this. We must understand that international organisations including the World Food Programme, UNHCR, International Committee of the Red Cross and others were involved in this process, this was carried out transparently and in order. The international aid agencies like WFP were already dealing with shortage of funds to provide humanitarian aid, as funding was cut down by about 85%. This necessitated urgent collaboration between the Government and NGOs, in order to save lives of Nigerian citizens

Why didn’t the VP oversee and ensure the distribution of the rice donated by the Chinese govt?

You will recall that the acting President kicked off the multi-billion naira relief intervention plan for grain distribution in the NorthEast. At the time, about 1.8m people would be reached regularly and 40,000 metric tonnes comprising rice, maize, sorghum and soya beans grown locally by Nigerian farmers would be distributed. But to ask the acting President to monitor NEMA activities alone and leave other pressing issues in the country is ignorance on the part of such persons. Agencies were set up to be managed on day-to-day basis by persons that have been appointed and were qualified to do so. It’s not the duty of the acting President to micro-manage and monitor the delivery or distribution. Duties were delegated, and this was done appropriately.

What is the scope and job duties of the VP as NEMA chairman?

He has an oversight function he does not oversee the day to day running of the agency. It’s like asking the Chancellor of a university why some lecturers involve in sex for marks. This falls on the lap of the Vice Chancellor because he is involved in the day-to-day administration. It’s important to understand that the role of the chairman is somewhat ceremonial and that is why you will not find his picture or profile on the website of the agency. People demanding that he did not act as chairman are uneducated and mischievous, and if adults cannot understand the organogram of agencies, you fear for the kind of orientation of what they are passing on to the younger generation.

Why is the House calling for the reinstatement of the six NEMA directorsand sack of the NEMA DG?

This is the clearest case of corruption fighting back. The directors in NEMA were accused of corruption and financial misappropriation. EFCC found monies in their accounts that could not be accounted for, but instead of insisting that these directors be probed, House of Reps led by a certain Ali Isa jumped to their defence insisting that they be reinstated. The House had claimed that Civil Service Rule was grossly abused, and natural justice turned upside down even after the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita and acting EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu had appeared before the Committee to explain that their suspension was in order. EFCC explained that they were suspended in order to allow detectives unfettered access to vital documents. The directors knew what investigators would find and they immediately got corrupt lawmakers to make noise out of nothing. This is a shame and that is why this administration has insisted that if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us.

Did the VP release N5.8bn or N33bn?

The VP only approved N5.8billion as against the N33billion peddled about in the media by some unscrupulous persons. These are agents of fake news who are trying all they can to tarnish the blistering career of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo but unfortunately for them, Nigerians are wiser now. We know our left from our right and we can see clearly. If you have read all the reports from NEMA to the House of Reps report, you will find that the VP approved N5.8 billion which was very much in order. We must not allow agents of fake news to derail us in our fight against corruption.

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Why Vice President Osinbajo’s Approval Of North East Emergency Fund Is Legal, Constitutional, By Akinloye James

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is an integrity and dignity personified vice president that has constantly been talking about the grand and massive corruption that occurred in the previous administration before the emergence of the Buhari Government.

His clamour for exposing these corrupt entities in the previous administration is topnotch hence, the malicious attempt to tarnish his image and the series of attacks against his person and office; a plot I learnt was concocted by the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party and his cohorts.

Contrary to the false accusations made by Femi fani-kayode on his Facebook page alleging that the Vice President was indicted by the House of Representatives for the misappropriation of 5.8bn NEMA fund, The House of Representatives said it did not indict the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in its probe report on the National Emergency Management Agency as reported in some quarters of media.

Chairman House Committee on NEMA and Disaster Preparedness Representatives, Isah J.C made the clarification while raising a matter of privilege on Tuesday at plenary.

Recall that Femi fani-kayode as described by Emmanuel Uchenna Ugwu is a nagging community irritant that has an extensive career in public nuisance.

That proposition emerged from a consensus acceptance that Femi fani-kayode displays the capricious behavioural pattern of a voracious substance abuser because his convulsive agitations rise and fall on the crests of depression and exhilaration.

Although,the HOR earlier stated in their report alleging that a sum of N5,865,671,939.26 was approved and released in June 2017 via a Memo raised from the Office of the Acting President, directing the Honourable Minister of Finance and the Accountant General of the Federation to so act.

The House Committee also concluded that the payment made was in contravention of approval of the National Assembly.

This conclusion is both false and misleading.

It is important to understand the context of the transaction. This was at a time when internally displaced persons and their host communities faced very severe food shortages throughout the North East, as a result of successive poor harvests and abandoned farmlands, minimal cross-border cash crop trade and lost economic opportunities.

There was an immediate need to distribute grains, including rice, maize, soya beans and sorghum, to Internally Displaced Persons through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The only way to obtain the quantity of grains required was to resort to the National Food Security Progamme (NFSP) earlier established by the Federal Government as a means of shoring up its strategic grain reserves.

It was in consequence of the Federal Government decision to urgently purchase the stored grains for distribution to Internally Displaced Persons that the CBN made the proposal for approval of 30,905.08 Metric Tonnes at N5,229,685,333.26. Of that amount, the then Acting President eventually approved N5,036,644,933.26, after excluding bagging costs.

This was pursuant to the recommendation that bagging, transportation and other logistics were best handled by NEMA.

NEMA also originated a request to the Acting President, dated May 25, 2017, requesting the sum of N829,026,456.00 for general logistics, branding & packaging, tracking, security, personnel, media & publicity and contingency costs of taking the grains from their respective locations in Kano, Kaduna, Funtua, Ibadan and Gombe to Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Jigawa States.

These presidential approvals were well within the clear constitutional authority of the Acting President, who needed to take emergency steps to forestall acute food shortages in the affected States and there was nothing illegal or unconstitutional about them.

The approvals were duly communicated by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor of Central Bank, Director General of NEMA and the Minister of Finance for implementation.

On account of the emergency nature of the procurement, the House Committee’s assumption that the ordinary rules of procurement would apply was wrong.

Section 43 of the Public Procurement Act makes provision for emergency procurement, in which case the procuring entity is allowed to engage in direct contracting for goods and file a report thereafter with the Bureau of Public Procurement.

It is crystal clear that there is no violation in approval of N5.8B emergency food Intervention Fund for North-East and one could easily deduce that Femi Fani-kayode’s allegations is devoid of authenticity bearing in mind that he’s bounded by obsessive rabidity.

Akinloye James is from the Initiative to Save Democracy Group

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House Of Reps Commitee Denies Indicting Osinbajo In NEMA’s Probe

The House of Representatives say it did not indict the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN, in its probe report on the national emergency management agency as reported in some quarters of media.

Chairman House Committee on NEMA and disaster preparedness, Hon. Isah J.C made the clarification while raising a matter of privilege on Tuesday at the floor of plenary.

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Flood: NEMA Declares National Emergency In 5 States

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has further declared a national disaster in Adamawa, Taraba, Rivers, Kebbi and Bayelsa following “devastating flood that ravaged the states.”

This has brought to 9 the number of states under national disaster caused by the flood devastation.

The other are Niger, Kogi, Anambra and Delta.

A statement by the head of media and public relations, Sani Datti on Thursdday says with the addition of the 5 states, the scope and the needs for response has increased and therefore solicited for more support from stakeholders.

The Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency had said rising water levels would be higher than those recorded in 2012.

The agencies have warned that 12 of Nigeria’s 36 states will be seriously affected by severe flooding.

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We Will Deploy More Resources To Ease Your Sufferings, Osinbajo Assures Communities Ravaged By Floods In Anambra, Delta, Niger

Having declared the recent flooding of communities in parts of the country as a national disaster, the Federal Government will deploy more resources to mitigate sufferings of people in the affected areas, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

While commending the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and the state emergency management authorities for its quick responses, Prof Osinbajo also said the Federal Government would work together with the state and local governments to ensure that people in the affected communities are resettled so that they can get back to normal lives.

The Vice President gave this assurance during his visits to Anambra and Delta states on Thursday to inspect communities in the states that were affected by the severe flooding that has ravaged several states in the country.

He assured the people affected in the states he visited that the Buhari administration will do everything possible to bring relief and restoration to all who have suffered on account of this flood disaster.

Prof. Osinbajo visits to the affected states is on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, and it comes a day after he also visited Zungeru Primary School in Niger State, where persons displaced by the flooding resulting from the construction of the dam were being camped.

The Vice President also directed NEMA to immediately supply materials needed for the building of the permanent resettlement site for the communities affected by the construction of the 700MW Zungeru Hydro Power Project in the State.

He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari asked me to come and see to your welfare. We will also do our best to help everybody so that you can resettle well. We are paying attention to everything that is going on here. And we will make sure that we do everything necessary to make you as comfortable as possible and to resettle you as quick as possible.

“Already, I’ve asked NEMA to supply immediately some relief materials to start some construction and the resettlement site. We have a new resettlement site, which as you know, has been in the works. We are going to continue construction and put a few structures there so that those who are here can move away from the school.

“We will also do our best to help everybody so that you can resettle well. Nobody wants to be in any trouble like this. You are hard working people, doing your work in your farms or trade. We want you to be able to go back and continue your work and your life.”

On the directive of President Buhari, the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) had on Monday declared flooding a national disaster in four states – Kogi, Niger, Delta and Anambra. “This underscores the enormity of the disaster here and what needs to be done. There is a lot of work that needs to be done not just by way of providing temporary relief and succour which is being done in IDP camps,” Prof. Osinbajo said.

Speaking earlier in Otuocha LGA in Anambra State while interacting with some leaders of communities affected by flooding in the state, and having flown over the affected communities to see the extent of damage, the Vice President said, “I am here to see for myself and to be in a position to brief Mr President about the extent of the disaster. As you know the disaster here and in several other states has resulted in the situation where the Federal Government has ordered that the situation be declared a national disaster.”

According to Prof. Osinbajo, “It is an unprecedented act for the President to so declare especially because there are certain things that need to be done as quickly and as efficiently as possible.”

He said: “I have overflown many of the disaster areas on my way here and we recognized that Ayamelu, Onitsha South and North, Anambra East and West, are experiencing varying degrees of flooding and many are already under water, and tragically also farmlands, especially at a time when we are ramping up rice production. I overflew the Coscharis farm and it is practically under water.

“This is really a disaster of immense proportion and we intend as a Federal Government, to deploy federal resources as much as possible to assuage some of the challenges that have been caused by this disaster.”

He added that “as an interim measure, NEMA has already sent allocation of food and relief materials to several areas.”

Prof. Osinbajo however advised families that are reluctant to relocate from their flooded homes to move children and other vulnerable persons to safe places, assuring that government would still reach out to them.

According to him, “we also noticed that aside from the IDP camps, many people have insisted on remaining in their homes, but because children and other vulnerable people are involved, we insist that they must be taken to safe places.

“But for those who insist on staying in their homes, we will be sending allocation of food and water to some of such communities, so we are not just going to be focusing on the IDPs.

“Already NEMA is taking a look at that, they have facilities for water purification, they also have some high-quality water treatment plants that are mobile. So, we would deploy clean water and other relief materials as quickly as possible.”

In the aftermath of the flood, the Vice President said “the most important is what happens in the long term. When these floods clear, people have lost their livelihoods, their farmlands, we have to find ways to assist them get back to their normal lives. We will be working to see how that can be done as quickly as possible.”

In his remarks, Governor Willie Obiano thanked the Vice President for the visit and the Federal Government’s efforts in supporting the state assuage the hardship faced by the people.

He appealed for additional support to enable people regain their livelihoods in the aftermath of the disaster especially those who lost vast expanse of farm lands.

In the same vein, during his visit to the camp for displaced persons in Asaba, Delta State, Prof. Osinbajo said the Federal Government would collaborate with the state government to help in restoring the livelihood of the people affected by the floods.

He said, “Let me say first how touched I am just seeing all you who are here and who has had to be evacuated from your homes and from the various places where you live, the various communities to this place as a temporary shelter.

“We are going to be working with the state government and of course with the local government authorities and we will do everything that is necessary to ensure that the sufferings, the pains that you’ve gone through already is not allowed to continue and as quickly as possible you can return to your homes and return to your livelihood and return to your work wherever that may be.”

Continuing, he said “The implications of a national disaster obviously means that the Federal Government will be working with all of its agencies and with the state government to ensure that lives are protected and those who need medical help are granted the medical help.”

“We have also asked that the National Emergency Management Authority move quickly to supply additional relief materials to all IDPs, adding that “by tomorrow we should have an additional relief material including water, food, beddings and whatever is required, not only in this camp but in all the IDP camps or holding camps as is now called all across the state.”

The Vice President commended the Delta State Government and its Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, for “moving very swiftly to assuage the sufferings of the displaced persons and for putting place adequate facilities in the camp for them.

In his remark, Governor Okowa said the camp for displaced persons was just a holding place, noting that they would soon be relocated as soon as the flood receded.

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NEMA Issues Quits Notice To River Bank Residence

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has ordered those living along rivers Niger and Benue to begin to move to higher grounds without further delay.

The Director Planning, Research and Forecasting, NEMA, Mr Vincent Owan stated this when he led an emergency response team on an impact assessment of flood prone communities in Anambra state.

He said in the recent prediction, twelve states along River Benue and Niger would be affected by flood.

Hence, the urgent need for the residents to relocate immediately to a safer place.

The executive secretary of Red Cross Society, Anambra State, Mr Kingsley Okoye said they are ready to render assistance to people displaced by the flood.

The team which comprised members of Anambra state emergency management agency, Fire service ,Red Cross society and National emergency management agency, visited Ogbaru and Anambra East local government areas in a speed boat.

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Flood Sacks Over 150 Households, 64 Villages In Kogi

About a 150 households in 64 villages have been trapped by the recent flooding in Kogi State.

The flood was reportedly caused by the overflow of the banks of the Niger and Benue rivers, and killed one adult and a child.

Several communities affected include Kpaku, Nury, Ekwurika and Babasu in Kogi Koton Karfi Local Government Area.

Meanwhile, the Kogi state Ministry of Environment and the State Emergency Management Authority, in collaboration with National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), have started gathering data of persons affected by flooding across the state.

The national and state emergency officials say plans are in place to resettle affected persons.

The flood displaced persons alsoexpressed gratitude to the authorities for their intervention and called for a permanent solution to their problem

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NEMA Constitutes Committee To Assess Flood In Katsina, Ogun

The federal government has constituted a special committee to assess the extent of devastation of communities caused by the recent flood in Kastina and Ogun states and recommend appropriate remedies.

Mr Sani Datti, Head of Media and Public Relations, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), made this known in a statement in Abuja.

He said that the committee was constituted to carry out immediate response by providing succour for victims of the flood and to come up with measures to address the plight of the affected communities.

The statement said Mr Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, during the committee’s inauguration in Abuja emphasised that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Ministry of Water Resources and NEMA to carryout detailed assessment.

He said that both the ministry and NEMA had been directed to assess the damages caused by the flood in the identified states and recommend measures to assist the victims and remedies.

Also speaking, Mr Mustapha Maihaja, the NEMA Director-General, advised the committee to discharge its assignment with all seriousness.

Maihaja urged them to collaborate with the Katsina and Ogun State governments in identifying the affected persons, the extent of damage to people’s property and ascertain interventions that may be required.

“The committee’s assignment was in line with the mandate of NEMA to find durable solution to the problem of flood in the country through sensitisation in vulnerable communities.

“Working with the state authorities to relocate communities at risk to higher and safe locations, construction of camps for displaced persons.

“To ensure strict adherence to town planning regulations among other measures,’’ Maihaja said.


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NEMA Workers Down Tools, Begin Nationwide Strike

Aggrieved workers of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Tuesday, commenced on a  nationwide strike to register their discontent with the inability of government to fulfill promises made to the workers as regards welfare and other related issues.

NEMA spokesman, Sani Datti, confirmed the development, in a statement.

He said, “Items on their list are being addressed sincerely. For instance, the Group Life Insurance for the staff has already been approved, in addition to Personal Accident Insurance that was designed to cover staff in the course of official engagement.

“We have told the staff repeatedly, that the issue of Emergency Responses Team allowances being canvassed by the union has no basis of approval from the Salaries and Wages Commission, and NEMA will not engage in illegality.”

NEMA spokesman further confirmed that the agency had initiated processes for new condition of service for staff which its Governing Council had approved.

He added, “The Council recently constituted establishment committee that would come up with recommendations. The committee had sat three times and had received necessary briefings. It will soon forward its report to the Council for consideration and approval.”

The agency reminded the staff that the strike is illegal and do not conform with labour law. It also described it as a deliberate attempt to sabotage the government.

It thus appealed the aggrieved workers to discontinue the strike, as the management was open for dialogue on any issues of concern to the staff.



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