Aregbesola Charges NEMA On Quick Delivery Of Relief Materials

By Nofisat Marindoti

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has charged the leadership of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to be more prompt ‎in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities to Nigerians.

Aregbesola gave this charge playing host to the officials of the agency who were on a courtesy visit to him.

Aregbesola who described NEMA as an important agency in the management of natural disasters, implored the officials of the agency to intensify efforts that will ease proper distribution of relief materials to people who are facing displacement from their natural habitats.

He said the time has come for the agency to re-strategize in its efforts at supporting the victims of natural disasters by ensuring prompt and adequate distribution of relief materials to the distressed people.

Aregbesola said the agency must do the needful at ensuring easy access of relief materials by the victims of natural disasters, saying the agency does not need to wait until disasters occur before sending relief materials to states.

According to him, “I think the best way to render your service to the people is to try and be proactive in your service delivery to the people. In most times when natural disasters occour, it is always unexpected, so you should always be prepared.

“You should begin to distribute relief materials to all the states of the federation before disasters even happen, and you should always monitor the materials.

“You are doing a good job and it needs to be sustained and the only way for you to achieve this is for you to be more proactive and device appropriate measures that will facilitate good result.

“We don’t need to wait for disasters to happen before we move in, or else the help you render will not get to those who need it at the right time.

“Since your job is to deal with natural disasters, I don’t think it is ideal for you to wait till it happens, we should be mindful of the slow nature of our logistics in this part of the world, so if we really want to create relief for the people it should be as at when needed.

“It is also very necessary for you to incoporate other emergency service rendering agencies apart from OSEMA which is the state arm of your agency in the capacity building workshops you organise.

“The Osun Ambulance service as well as the members of the state fire service also need to benefit from the capacity building workshops which you organise because they too are involved in the emergency situations” he added.

 

E‎arlier in his speech, the Head of the team, Mr Adedeji Rasaq, said the agency has recorded huge success in its bid to ensure safety for those who are socially and economically distressed.

Rasaq said the leadership of the agency visited the state to do some assessment of the affected places, support the victims and as well organize workshop for the staff of the agency in the state.

Another Batch Of 171 Nigerians Arrive From Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has announced that it has received another batch of 171 stranded Nigerian returnees from Libya through the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

NEMA said the returnees arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja Cargo Wing on Tuesday via Buraq Airline with registration number 5A-DMG at about 8:25 p.m and flight number UZ589.

The agency disclosed that it profiled the returnees, comprising 70 female adults including pregnant women, 90 male adults, three children and eight infants.

The voluntary returnees were brought from Zintan District of Libya and eight of them have minor health related issues.

The South-west Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Yakubu Suleiman, in reaction to the hundreds of Nigerians being deported from various parts of the world, urged parents and guardians to desist from encouraging their children or wards from embarking on such perilous journeys of no return “except those that God is merciful with”.

While addressing the returnees on their arrival, Suleiman expressed disappointment over parents supporting their children to go outside the country through illegal routes by selling their properties to raise funds for the journey.

“We have been inundated with parents calling that they have lost contact with their children while many would continue to raise money from home and send to children who would have been held captive and must be settled before their children would be set free,” he observed.

The coordinator appealed to the returnees to be anti trafficking champions to disabuse the minds of those still trying to embark on such journey.

“You have seen it all, experience is the best teacher, today, all of you are saying you will never encourage any of your family members to travel outside wasting huge resources through illegal routes despite various risks and dangers you went through. I am begging you to also carry this message to the people you come across in life and share your experiences to discourage young people wasting their energies and productive life in seeking wealth.

FG Approves N10bn for IDPs in Benue, Others

Federal Government has approved N10 billion for the reconstruction of communities ravaged by herdsmen attacks in Benue and other states of the federation.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this when he addressed thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Abagena camp in Makurdi on Wednesday.

Osinbajo, who said he was representing President Buhari on the visit, disclosed that the money had been approved at the Federal Security Council meeting held recently, to take care of security, reconstruction of damages communities and restoration of farms and farmlands.

“I am here to represent President Buhari who visited in March. He had asked that a study of all the ravaged communities be made and have identified that there are three things that must be done.

“The first is security. We want to ensure that the places that have been destroyed are secured; second thing is to ensure that the IDPs go back home and homes are rebuilt. The third is that we secure farms and farmlands so that the farmers can return back to their farm and also assist non farmers; traders to continue with their trade as well as assist in the education of the children,” he said.

The Vice President, who said the reconstruction of Benue had been made his business, said, “You will be seeing me more often in Benue state. All of these must be funded. We are providing you with your homes, which will look better than what was destroyed. It is your right as great people of Nigeria and I want you to know that nobody is doing you favour.”

While he turned to the children, Osinbajo told them “you are going to be better and happier. You are winners and as your parents, we will make sure you are happier than you are now and that you are successful too. By God’s grace, all your worries and sufferings have come to an end today,” he said.

He said the Federal Government as part of its programmes have introduced micro credits for women and artisans especially the Anchor Borrowers Programme, advising that the Benue people must organised themselves to be able to access these funds.

He said “All these suffering you are going through are just a stepping stone to all the good things that God will do in your lives. Dont ever think the suffering will continue. From now on, your morning has come and you will begin to access your joy and God will assist us to do all that we have promised”.

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, thanked the Vice President and President Buhari for their concerns. He noted the efforts of the federal government through NEMA which came to the aid of the state and also the setting up of a committee that had gone round the affected areas to put together the records.

He also thanked the President for deploying additional security to the state saying the state has witnessed relative peace since then.

“Whether it is mercenaries from Libya, Boko Haram or herdsmen, more forceful exercise should be applied and more security added to flush them out of Benue state so that the people can go home.

“The people want to go back home. From the look on their faces, you could see that it is not easy staying here at the camp. So far, we have lost some IDPs and about 69 new children have been delivered in the camp, under this terrible condition. You are not just an ordinary VP, you are a pastor, a man of God, a man who gives hope to the hopeless. We pray that this visit will give us hope and end our misery.

“We pray that God should give Nigeria a leader that would ensure justice and fairness. Ranching remains the best solution to herdsmen crisis in the state and across Nigeria and we thank you for presiding over the NEC, which has ratified it.”

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Emmanuel Shior told the Vice President that the Abagena IDPs camp which was opened first week of February is now occupied by 34,936 IDPs from from Benue and Nasarawa state.

Giving a breakdown of the figures, Shior said Women are 12,041, pregnant women 492, nursing mothers 616, men 6,363, children 16,583, the aged 258 while the disabled stood at 234.

He further explained that all the eight camps in Benue; Abagena, Daudu 1&2, Gbajimba, Anyiin, Abeda, Ugba and Logo, are housing 175,070 displaced persons out of which 80,450 are children.

“It is our belief that the presence of the VP will address the humanitarian challenges facing the state,” he said.

Some IDPs who also spoke, Angela Igbe, Joy Adamu and Bem Jeremiah appealed to the federal government to make haste to provide security for them so they can go back to their homes, schools and to their farms.

“We are not comfortable staying at the camp because there is too much congestion and some of us were supposed to write our final exams in school, but we cannot do that because we are in the camps. Please our President, we are tired of running helter skater and staying in camps. Help us. We want to go back home,” Joy Adamu said.

Nine Killed, Two Police Officers Injured In Borno Boko Haram Attack

Nine persons have been killed with two police officers injured in the Boko Haram attack on Jiddari Polo area of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Troops of the Nigerian Army had on Thursday said they repelled an attack by Boko Haram terrorists in Maiduguri after the insurgents made their way through a cashew plantation to the Jiddari Polo area of the state capital before launching the attack around 6:00 p.m.

Officials of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) however confirmed to newsmen on Friday that nine people were killed in the attack.

NEMA North East coordinator, Bashir Garga, disclosed the figure after the agency conducted evacuation on the scene of the attack.

Five of the bodies recovered was that of suicide bombers while the four others are residents who fell victims of the attack. One of the victims was killed in the mosque while another reportedly died of shock.

The police, also in a statement on Friday said two police officers were injured in the attack. The police in the statement which was signed by the spokesperson, Damian Chukwu aid the terrorists shot sporadically at security agents and also detonated IEDs.

“The terrorist gunfire sporadically and detonating IEDs. We promptly deployed SARS/PMF/EOD to assist DPO and Army at the scene. Were repelled after the fierce gun battle with profuse tear smoke applicant.

“Two of our SARS personnel were injured in the battle,” the police statement read in part.

Several others victims injured are still in the hospital with bodies evacuated to Specialist Hospital and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital,

Aregbesola Commends NEMA, OSEMA For Prompt Response To Disasters

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has commended the efforts of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency (OSEMA ) in responding to disaster occurrences in the state.

The commendation was made by the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, during a courtesy visit of NEMA and OSEMA management team to him at the Government house.

Governor Aregbesola, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori welcomed them and gave kudos to both NEMA and OSEMA for their services to humanity. According to the Deputy Governor, the operation of the Agencies at National and state levels had brought great relief to disaster victims.

Earlier in his speech, the Head of the visiting team, Mr. Rasheed Adebiyi, who is also the new Head of Ekiti Operation Office of (NEMA ) called on State Government’s collaboration and cooperation with NEMA to improve disaster management in the state.

In his own remarks, the General Manager, OSEMA, Town Planner Olarewaju Olanipekun appreciated Mr. Governor for his kind gesture at all times towards the welfare of the victims of disaster in the state
of Osun.

NEMA Donates Relief Materials To Flood Victims In Kebbi

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)  has donated relief materials to support victims of flood in Kebbi state.

Recall that about 100 households were affected by the flood in Dole-Kaina Area of Dandi Local Government Area of the state sometime in September.

The Director-in-charge of Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Paul Ohenmu, who presented the relief materials to the victims in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday, said the assistance was meant to alleviate their sufferings.

“This is just a token to alleviate your suffering; we know that it will not be enough to take care of the disaster, but just for you to know that the Federal Government sympathises with you.”

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Umar, thanked the Federal Government for its love and concern for victims of the disaster.the items provided included 750 bundles of roofing sheets, 1,000 pieces of textile materials, 2,000 blankets, 1,000 ceiling boards and 1,200 bags of cement.

The items provided included 750 bundles of roofing sheets, 1,000 pieces of textile materials, 2,000 blankets, 1,000 ceiling boards and 1,200 bags of cement.

Others are 500 mattresses, 1,000 bags of Guinea corn, 1,000 bundles of brocade materials, 1,000 rubber mats and 2,000 cartons of detergent.

Benue Flood: NEMA Deploys Humanitarian Team To Rescue Victims

The shocking revelation of Benue flood has prompted the National Emergency Management Agency to deploy a humanitarian team to Benue state to support persons affected by the recent flood that devastated large part of the state.

Director General of NEMA Engr. Mustapha Maihaja said that following the directive of  President Muhammadu Buhari, a reinforcement of another contingent of humanitarian officers headed by Director (Search and Rescue), Air Commodore Paul Ohemu from the Headquarters in Abuja has been despatched to the State, in addition to the officers of the North Central Zonal Office in Jos, to deliver immediate humanitarian assistance to the affected persons in the various locations and assess the situation for further supports.

As an emergency response, seven (7) 30 tons truck has been despatched to the state and are due to arrive Makurdi on Friday, 1st September, 2017.

He also sympathized with the affected people and assured that NEMA would work closely with the Benue State Government  in providing them with the necessary succour.

Buhari On Benue Flood, Orders Immediate Support For Over 100,000 Victims

President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken on the flood in Benue State that has displaced about 100,000 people, according to official estimates.

In a statement on Friday, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said Mr. Buhari “has received with great concern reports of the flooding in Benue State, which, according to early estimates, has affected thousands of homes and displaced more than 100,000 persons in 12 local government areas.”

“Consequently, the president has directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately mobilise personnel and resources to come to the aid of the victims of the flooding.

The president is closely monitoring the situation, and will be receiving regular updates on the scale of the disaster, as well as the federal government’s humanitarian response.

“The president extends his sympathies to the government and people of Benue State, and assures that the federal government will make available any assistance needed to enable the state government and the affected communities cope with and surmount the impact of the flooding,” Mr. Shehu said.

Speaking on the flood, Mr. Ortese told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Makurdi that places affected included Achusa, Idye, Wurukum Market, Genabe, Industrial Layout, Demekpe, Wadata Market, Katungu, behind the Civil Service Commission, Agboughul-Wadata among others.

“In Achusa, 200 houses were affected with 5,125 persons displaced. In Idye 217 houses were affected while 5,200 persons were displaced.

“Also, behind the Civil Service Commission 200 houses were submerged in flood and 5,777 persons were displaced,” he said.

Benue is not among the states the fedearl government announced would receive N1.6 billion each to mitigate the impact of floods in their state. The directive to give the money to the 16 states was given by the then acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, in July.

Officials in beneficiary states such as Plateau, however, say they are yet to receive the money, which was supposed to be taken from the Ecological Fund and disbursed through the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to the affected states.

Officials in Benue, however, say the state should be included among the beneficiaries due to is experience with flood this year.

Osinbajo Is New NEMA Chairman

Yesterday theVice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) was named by President Muhammadu Buhari as the new Chairman of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). He also appointed Chief Duro Onabule, former spokesman for ex-Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, as the new Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

Other members of the NEMA Board as announced by the president are Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal; Captain Talba Alkali, representing Ministry of Transport and Aviation; Ambassador Rabiu Dagari, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Ngozi Azadoh, Ministry of Health and Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, Ministry of Interior. 

Also included in the board membership are: Ajisegiri Benson Akinloye, Ministry of Water Resources; Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Anebi for Nigerian Armed Forces; and Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Salisu Fagge Abdullahi from the Nigerian Police Force.

On the board of NTA, the new Director-General is Mr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja while the new executive directors of the television station include: Dr. Steve Egbo, Administration and Training; Abdul Hamid Salihu Dembos, Marketing; Mohammed Labbo, News; Fatima M. Barda, Finance; Stephen Okoanachi, Engineering; and Wole Coker, Programmes.

In the same vein, Buhari appointed Aliyu Hayatu as the new Chairman of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) while Buhari Auwalu and Yinka Amosun are Zonal Directors for Kaduna and Lagos respectively.

The President also constituted the management of some agencies under the Ministry of Information and Culture. In the Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr. Chika Maduekwe was appointed as the General Manager; Comrade Tar Ukoh as Artistic Director, National Theatre and National Troupe of Nigeria; Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture and Folorunsho Coker, Director-General, National Film and Video Censors Board.

OSEMA, NEMA, Donate Relief Materials to Victims of Ife Violence

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with its counterpart in the state, Osun State Emergency Management Agency (OSEMA) having assessed the scene of the crisis at Sabo Area in Ile-Ife had made the donation of some relief materials
worth billions of naira to the affected victims.

The Zonal head of the operation of NEMA comprising Ondo, Ekiti, and Osun States, Mr. Akiode Saheed disclosed this while presenting the materials to the leader of Hausa Community, represented by Alhaji Malami Nasidi in Ile Ife.

Mr Akiode said that, the materials were brought as part of the quick intervention response so as to serve as succour to the affected victims.

He further stressed that, NEMA’s presence in Osun is also to
complement the effort of the giant stride of the amiable Governor of
Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola through the State Emergency Management Agency.

The South West Zonal Commander of NEMA, Mr Akiode and TPL Oluyemi Olarewaju (General Manager of OSEMA] both advised the resident of Ife to be more cordial in their human relations and avoid any
behaviour that can cause mayhem and confusion in the area.

Some of relief materials presented include: mats, mattresses, buckets, beverages, rice, vegetable oil, footwear, towels, clothing materials, toilet soap, mosquito nets, and lots more.

First Batch of Nigerians Stranded in Libya Arrive Today-NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency says it has consulted the International Organisation for Migration, which later found out that about 400 Nigerian migrants who are trying to cross the high sea to Europe are stranded in Libya.

The spokesman for the agency in the South-West, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, told The Punch that NEMA had made contact with the migrants and many of them had volunteered to return to the country.

He said they would be brought back to the country in three batches, adding that the first batch of the migrants, comprising 180 persons, including five teenagers and three sick persons, would arrive in the country today (Tuesday).

He said, “Based on the report that we saw on the social media that some Nigerians were stranded in Libya, NEMA had to consult the International Organisation for Migration and based on enquiry by the IOM and NEMA, we found out that the video was genuine and in the course of profiling we found that about 400 Nigerians were among those people while other nationals were also there. And based on that effort many of them have volunteered to return to the country.

“This voluntary return will commence tomorrow (today). About 180 of them are expected tomorrow (Tuesday), while another batch of 180 persons will also be received next week Tuesday. We are going to have not less than three batches before the operation is concluded.”