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2023: Expect another massive flood-NEMA reveals

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…as NIMET set to release climate prediction today

By Gloria Ikibah

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The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ahmed Habib has revealed that Nigeria will experience another flooding in 2023.

Habib disclosed this on Monday at a media chat after the flag-off of the 5-days International Disaster Management Executive Course for Nigeria Emergency Management Stakeholders, organised by NEMA in collaboration with Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre in the United Kingdom.

The NEMA Boss unveiled the Agency’s plans to interface with the 36 State Governors in order to begin early preparation towards averting another flood disaster in Nigeria.

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According to Habib, statistics revealed that 662 persons ost their lives, 3,174 others suffered injury while about 2.4 million persons were displaced by the floods, including thousands of houses, hectares of farmlands and several critical national assets were destroyed by the raging floods in 2022.

He said: “When we finish with this and NIMET release their own climate prediction and NIHSA release their own flood outlook, and we have analysed that, then we’ve done the vulnerable risk mapping, we will interact with all of them, we’ll write to all of them.

“And we don’t do it just once, we identify areas and we show them these are the areas. It’s going to flood again this year. There is no doubt about it.

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“The how it’s going to be severe is what we don’t know for now but it’s actually going to flood again.

Mr. Habib said that the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) was expected to release its flood prediction for the year 2023 as part of the ongoing efforts at ensuring early preparation by relevant stakeholders including Federal and State Governments.

“That’s why we are starting the year early. this is january and by tomorrow NIMET is releasing its seasonal climate prediction and after that, I beleive in the next week or two, NISAL will release its own flood outlook. and immediately after that we will gather stakeholders to critically analyse the reports and then interprete that and then attach it to the vulnerable mapping to send to States.

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“We are starting early and we have seen one or two mistakes last year. we have to work together, collaborate with all the States and we can’t work if NEMA is moving on one side and the States are moving on another side. We have to collectively work together.

“The first thing I did when I came on board in NEMA was to go for a course on disaster management at Bournemouth University and I believe that all the 36 States must take this course, and when they take this course, when they go back, they shoud replicate that to the local emergency management committee which they have set up.

“We have to prepare in time. We are bringing out everything early, we are planning early, so that we will get ready early, and early action. That’s where we are now”, the NEMA Boss stated.

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While giving update on the headway made so far in order to ensure timely response of subnational governments to disaster management against flooding, Habib said: “That’s why we have invited all the States including all the stakeholders to take in this training.

“So, I believe all the participants will be able to develop their own capacity and go back and replicate what they have been taught here in their States. I believe where we are now, we are going to start early and the States too will be able to replicate and cascade it down to the local governments”.

Speaking while declaring the high-level executive seminar for NEMA staff and other senior members of staff selected from State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) and other critical disaster management stakeholders, Mr. Habib expressed delight over the Agency’s collaboration with Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre (BUDMC).

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He observed that BUDMC is a “premier institution that provides world-class training and technical assistance on disaster management to help reduce risk, build resilience and ensure rapid and sustainable recovery when disasters strike.

“The NEMA collaboration with the Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre which dates back to 2009 has continued to grow from strength to strength. I am glad to announce to you that we have brought in experts with years of experience working both in the United Kingdom and overseas to support governments and multi-national organizations with disaster and crisis preparedness, response and recovery for this high level seminar.

“There is no doubt that at the end of this program which is tailor made to meet our peculiar needs in Nigeria, participants would be better prepared to face up to both new and emerging disaster challenges in their various areas of operation and the entire Nigerian federation.

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“I say this because not long after | resumed duty at NEMA, I attended an executive briefing in the United Kingdom organized by BUDMC between 5th and 9th November, 2021 anchored by Mr. Richard Gordon, Director of the Centre and Professor Lee Miles, Professor Crisis and Disaster Management.

“With the hindsight of recent disaster and humanitarian crises in several hotspots across Nigeria, I felt it has become expedient for this Executive Seminar to be conducted for SEMA Chief Executives and other members of staff of NEMA and those of its partner Agencies. Furthermore, this training has become timely as we begin our preparedness for another cycle of the annually recurring flood disasters in Nigeria. I am therefore, extremely glad that the promise I made has today become a reality.

“As we are all aware, this event is taking place in the immediate aftermath of the devastating 2022 flood disaster which is unprecedented in the history of Nigeria. Records indicate that 662 persons have lost their lives, 3,174 others have suffered injury and 2,430,445 individuals have been displaced by the floods.

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“Thousands of houses, hectares of farmlands and several critical national assets were destroyed by the raging floods. NEMA in collaboration with State governments and other partners are currently working assiduously towards the long-term recovery of impacted communities across the nation”.

In his address, the Team Lead, BUDMC Richard Gordon noted that “there’s no one way of doing disaster in any country”.

According to him, Nigeria is endowed with repository of knowledge and personnel and called for the need to develop homegrown solution to the disaster related challenges, stressing that there is need to “think globally but we have to act locally”.

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Director, Human Resoures Management, Musa Zakari, said that the Seminar, is coming at a time in the nation’s history when severe flood disaster had affected communities.

He further explained that the University which was founded in 2001, provides world-class training and technical assistance in disaster management in order to help reduce risks, build resilience and ensure rapid and sustainable recovery when disasters strike.

According to him, the Team have years of experience working in the UK and Overseas assisting governments, ministries, NGOs and multi-national organisations with disaster and crisis preparedness, response and recovery.
Naijablitznews.com reports that the Agency’s collaboration with the centre dates back to 2007 when the Nigeria ‘National Disaster Management Course’ sponsored by the British High commission through BUDMC at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji held from 29th October — 9th November with twenty (20) critical stakeholders participating.

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“As you may well know rapid changes in climate has resulted in the increase in the frequency of natural disasters across the nation, hence the objective of this seminar is to assist the Agency and its critical stakeholders in providing unique international brand of disaster management education, training and simulation that can augment existing senior officers training provision within the country. We may need to re-examine some fundamentally new and profoundly more efficient approach to disaster management,” he noted.

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NBC Slams TVC, Arise TV N2m Fine For Broadcast Violation

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The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission NBC, has sanctioned Television Continental (TVC) and Arise television stations for breaching sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

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According to a letter by the Director General of the Commission, Barabe Shehu Ilelah, the television houses are to pay a fine of N2m each.

The letter reads in part: “The penalty shall be paid within two weeks of the receipt of this letter or sanction shall be graduated.

“The broadcaster shall ensure that its presenters handle programme with professionalism and sound judgement, to ensure that it does not lose focus or lead to unfair treatment of any person or institution.

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“Broadcasting shall promote human dignity; therefore, hate speech is prohibited. The Broadcaster shall not transmit any programme, programme promotion, community service announcement or station identity, which is likely, in any circumstance, to provoke or perpetuate in a reasonable person, intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or groups of people because of age, colour, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability race, religion or political leaning”.

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SAD! Customer Dies Inside Bank In Delta

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A customer slumped and died after standing in a queue for long hours at a commercial bank in Agbor, Delta State.

According to the Tribune on Friday, the yet-to-be-identified man died after waiting for hours on end to collect his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card at the bank’s branch in Ika South Local Government Area, Delta State.

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Confirming his death, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said, “He was not trying to withdraw cash as claimed; however, he came to the said bank to collect his ATM card.”

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Angry Customers Attack Wema Bank in Ibadan For Inability To Withdraw Money+VIDEO

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A group of angry protesters have attacked Wema Bank Plc at the Ibadan the Oyo State capital.

Naijablitznews.com reports that this is amid the Protest of scarcity of the new naira notes and fuel in Ibadan

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Naijablitznews.co recalled that residents of Ibadan had taken to the streets in protest against the hardship triggered by the naira notes swap and the hike in fuel price.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) late last year introduced newly-designed N200, N500, and N1,000 notes and gave a January 31st deadline to phase out the old notes. The deadline was later extended by ten days following the outcry by Nigerians over the policy.

Despite the extension, the new notes are scarce and Nigerians are finding it difficult to get the old ones.

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Also, in several parts of the country, the pump price of fuel has increased with people buying the product for as high as N500 per litre. Long queues have also resurfaced in many places.

People are Fed Up with the situation forcing some residents to take to the streets, demanding that the authorities urgently address the situation.

The roads leading to the Iwo area of Ibadan were deserted as the protesters barricaded them. They were also burnfires on the road and reports suggest that a commercial bank was attacked in the process.

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