The Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mr Mustapha Maihaja, has disclosed that the Nigerian armed forces have released aircraft and equipment for the agency to enhance its operations in flood-affected areas across the country.
Maihaja, who assured Nigerians, especially flood victims of the agency’s readiness to provide immediate succour for them, advised citizens against indiscriminate dumping of refuse and building houses on waterways.
These actions, he said aided flooding.
The NEMA DG, who was represented by the agency’s Director, Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu, spoke in Ado Ekiti on Monday evening during an on-the-spot assessment of communities affected by flooding in Ekiti State.
He said, “There is nothing to fear. Let nobody press the panic button. The Chief of Air Staff and other service chiefs have given us equipment to move victims within the shortest possible time. They have made available two C130 aircraft and helicopters. The Nigerian Army has made available their specialised equipment and the Navy has also made available their boats.”
The NEMA delegation, alongside the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Funminiyi Afuye; the Secretary to the Ekiti State Government, Biodun Oyebanji; Commissioner for Environment, Gbenga Agbeyo, and the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Abiodun Omoleye, visited the affected areas at Ikere Ekiti, Ogbese, Ise Ekiti and Ado Ekiti.
The NEMA boss said, “We have to intervene; whatever needs to be done so that the people that were cut off can have succour will be done. We want to reassure you and reassure Ekiti people that NEMA is ready. If we need to evacuate them, NEMA is ready,” he said.
Oyebanji, who lauded the prompt intervention of NEMA, said the state government would do whatever it could to partner the Federal Government agency to tackle disaster in the state.
Ekiti varsity students lose valuables to flood
Meanwhile, over 100 students of the Ekiti State University in Ado-Ekiti lost properties worth millions of naira to flooding between Sunday and Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the two-day downpour which resulted in the flooding damaged students’ belongings such as books, foodstuff, school documents and other valuables.
The Dean of Students Affairs at the institution, Prof Wole Adebayo, assured the students that a lasting solution would be provided to avert a recurrence of such flooding in the area.
Also, the Special Adviser to Fayemi on Youth and Students Matters, Mr Moses Ademiloye, assured the students that he would report their grievances to the governor for assistance.
The President of the Federation of Ekiti State Students Union, Ekiti State University chapter, Mr Temitayo Alegbeleye, said over 20 hostels were affected by the flood.