Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Pst. Umo Eno, has lauded the collaborative efforts of the Nationwide Emergency Administration Company, Nigerian Metrological Company, and Nigerian Hydrological Companies Company, in tackling floods, saying that the union would open a brand new vista in direction of averting errors made up to now within the space of catastrophe administration.
He stated it’s a frequent strategy within the state for Ministries and Businesses to work collectively to attain the identical goal and convey advantages to the state.
Eno acknowledged this whereas declaring open the Catastrophe Preparedness And Threat Discount Methods On The Consequence Of The 2023 Season Local weather Prediction And Annual Flood Outlook, held on the Banquet Corridor, Authorities Home, Uyo. on Wednesday.
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“So we are going to like to understand the collaboration, and that’s what impressed me after we had the dialogue, being that you just have been coming collectively
“You might be what I’ll name the trifecta of catastrophe administration, which is the important thing side of what the Nationwide Emergency Administration Company does, to climate forecasting, which is the important mandate of the Nigerian Metrological Company, to flood management mechanisms, which is what Nigerian Hydrological Companies Company primarily does, amongst different mandates devoted to you, and you’ve got all executed an amazing job,” the governor stated.
Whereas restating his administration’s resolve to accomplice with NEMA to checkmate ecological challenges within the state, the governor appreciated the Director-Normal of NEMA Alh Mustapha Ahmed, for the choice to flag off the occasion within the state, including that being a coastal state, Akwa Ibom is susceptible to flooding and different erosion associated challenges.
The DG of NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed, in his keynote handle, hinted that the Nigerian Metrological Company and Nigerian Hydrological Service Company have launched the 2023 seasonal local weather prediction and annual flood outlook for the yr.
He described the Flood Outlook as an important doc that comprises a metrological forecast in its early onset of rainfall and excessive likelihood of flood throughout the nation in the course of the yr, noting that it was on that premise that NEMA drew its mandate of catastrophe administration and determined to take the initiative of partnering with NIHSA and NIMET to work on early warning alerts within the state, native authorities authorities and communities susceptible to flood catastrophe and related hazards.
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He disclosed that specialists from NEMA, NIMET, and NIHSA will probably be deployed to all 36 states, together with the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to downscale early warning messages to all of the related finish customers throughout socio-economic sectors within the nation.
He stated that the initiative would allow all actors to take risk-informed selections towards future flood occurrences, assist catastrophe danger administration, and engender sustainable socio-economic progress in Nigeria.
“I’m glad that we’re right here with specialists from NIHSA and NiMet to assist this initiative of the downscaling of catastrophe early warning measures to grassroots for efficient life-saving early actions in the course of the 2023 wet season.
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“Subsequently, we’re deploying the identical specialists from NEMA, NiMet, and NIHSA to all of the states of the federation and the FCT to downscale and take the early warning message to all of the related finish customers throughout socio-economic sectors,” he stated.
“I’m very assured that this initiative will allow all accountable actors to take risk-informed selections to allow them to match early warning with early motion, assist catastrophe danger administration, safeguard nationwide meals safety, and engender sustainable socio-economic progress in Nigeria”. Ahmed stated.
Earlier, in her handle, the Deputy Governor of the State, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, stated although catastrophe can’t be prevented, proactive steps have to be taken to cut back its influence on the nation.
She stated, “We are able to’t want catastrophe away however proactive steps taken can mitigate the consequences of the catastrophe in our state. If this assembly engenders the envisaged motion, we is not going to have causes to concern”.
The Director Generals of the Nigerian Meteorological Company, Prof. Mansur Matazu, and Nigerian Hydrological Companies Company, Mr Clement Nze, have been current in the course of the flag-off.