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Thu, Jul 13, 2023 7:05 AM

State Governors Collaborate to Mitigate Effects of Flooding in Nigeria

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State Governors Collaborate to Mitigate Effects of Flooding in Nigeria
The Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) has initiated plans to mitigate the effects of flooding across the country. The governors will collaborate with relevant agencies to develop a comprehensive and federation response using climate prediction data, flood risk maps, and disaster preparedness strategies. This proactive approach aims to safeguard lives, livelihoods, critical infrastructure, and national food security.

ABUJA - The 36 states governors, under the aegis of Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF), have commenced plans to mitigate the effects of the looming incidences of flooding across the country.

This was contained in a communiqué signed by AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Chairman, NGF and governor of Kwara State, which was made available to journalists on Wednesday in Abuja by Abdulrazaq Barkindo, spokesman for the NGF secretariat.

According to the communique, the governors resolved to collaborate with relevant agencies at arriving at a comprehensive and federation response while leveraging the 2023 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP), Annual Flood Outlook (AFO), flood risk maps, and the Climate Related Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Strategy.

The governors' proactive approach aims to save lives, protect livelihoods, critical infrastructure, and enhance national food security amidst the increasing occurrences of flooding.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) briefed the governors on the severity of flooding across the country.

The governors highlighted the importance of setting up functional State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs), Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs), and community volunteers with adequate legal backing, funding, and trained manpower to enhance response and preparedness measures.

They emphasized the need for knowledge sharing, experience sharing, and collaboration between states, NEMA, and other responsible partners. The governors also encouraged the private sector to play an active role in disaster risk reduction as part of their corporate social responsibility.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has highlighted that investing in risk reduction and prevention can save substantial amounts in post-disaster recovery. The governors, therefore, requested NEMA and NiMet to develop a comprehensive partnership framework for engagement with states to enhance their disaster preparedness and response capabilities.

Furthermore, the Nigeria Governors' Forum received the United Nations Secretary General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, and Ms. Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and UN Messenger of Peace. Their visit focused on advocating for gender equality, inclusion, and access to quality education for girls in Nigeria.

The governors expressed their readiness to work with the UN and Malala Fund in advancing gender-responsive policies and ensuring access to quality education for girls. They acknowledged the ongoing challenges of gender discrimination and committed to promoting gender equality in the country.

In addition to addressing flooding and gender issues, the governors also expressed concern over the incessant killings in Plateau and Zamfara states. They called for the cooperation of all members in combating banditry across the country.

The Nigeria Governors' Forum commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for demonstrating leadership by extending opportunities for governors across party lines to nominate competent individuals for appointments into boards of parastatals. This gesture signifies a collaborative approach to governance and national development.

In conclusion, the collaboration between state governors, NEMA, and other relevant agencies is a proactive step to mitigate the effects of flooding in Nigeria. By leveraging climate prediction data, flood risk maps, and disaster preparedness strategies, the governors aim to protect lives, livelihoods, critical infrastructure, and the nation's food security. This comprehensive and federation response demonstrates a commitment to building a safer and more resilient Nigeria in the face of increased disaster occurrences.

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