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Nigerian Governors Take Action to Mitigate Flooding Across the Country

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Nigerian Governors Take Action to Mitigate Flooding Across the Country
The Nigerian Governor's Forum (NGF) has announced plans to address the impending threat of flooding across the country. They aim to collaborate with relevant agencies and utilize climate predictions and disaster mitigation strategies to safeguard lives, infrastructure, and food security. Furthermore, the NGF expressed readiness to work with the UN and Malala Fund to promote gender inclusion and education. The governors also commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for appointing competent individuals from various parties to parastatal boards.

ABUJA - The 36 State governors under the aegis of the Nigerian Governor's Forum (NGF) have commenced plans to mitigate the effects of the looming incidences of flooding across the country.

This proactive approach was taken in response to a briefing by the Director Generals of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) during the NGF meeting held in Abuja. The governors discussed urgent measures to protect lives, critical infrastructure, livelihoods, and national food security.

To combat the increasing occurrence of disasters globally, NEMA highlighted the need for the establishment of functional State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs), Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs), and adequately trained community volunteers. They urged the state governors to provide legal support, funding, and training for these entities.

Knowledge and experience sharing between states, NEMA, and other relevant partners were also emphasized, alongside the signing of Mutual Aid Agreements between states to enable assistance during different geographical disasters at various times.

In a bid to involve the private sector, NEMA called for their participation through corporate social responsibility initiatives. Additionally, policy alignment and community engagement on Disaster Risk Reduction were deemed important for effective disaster management.

Recognizing the economic impact of disasters, NGF Chairman Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq cited the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's report that reveals an investment of USD in disaster risk reduction and prevention can save up to USD15 in post-disaster recovery.

The Nigerian governors requested NEMA and NiMet to develop a comprehensive partnership framework to enhance engagement with states on disaster preparedness and response.

During the NGF meeting, United Nations Secretary-General Ms. Amina J. Mohammed and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and UN Messenger of Peace, Ms. Malala Yousafzai, also visited Nigeria. Malala, who celebrated her 26th birthday with a girl child advocacy visit, expressed her desire to sustain efforts in addressing gender discrimination, gender inclusion, and girl child education.

In response, the NGF expressed its commitment to working with the UN and Malala Fund to promote gender-responsive policies and ensure access to quality education for girls. They also pledged support for other affirmative action processes.

Furthermore, the governors empathized with the leaders of Plateau and Zamfara States due to the incessant killings in their regions. They highlighted the importance of cooperation among all governors in tackling banditry and insecurity nationwide.

The NGF also commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his leadership by inviting nominations of competent individuals from all parties for appointment to parastatal boards. This gesture promotes inclusivity and recognizes talent irrespective of political affiliations.

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