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.”

Two Suicide Bombers Die, 17 Injured In Fresh Maiduguri Explosion – NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) has confirmed that only the suicide bombers that attacked the Maiduguri Monday Market on Sunday morning lost their lives in the process.

The Director of Public Affairs and Information of NEMA Sani Datti in a statement said the two bombers, male and female got killed in an attempt to wreck havoc on the ever bustling market which is located at the heart of Maiduguri metropolis.

The statrment also noted that 17 people have been injured and evacuated Maduguri Specialist hospital for adewuate operation as rescue wirkers and security personal have moved in the clear the scene.

The statement read: “A male and female suicide bomber have detonated explosives near Monday market maiduguri this morning. Rescue workers at scene.

“only the suicide bombers lost their lives while 17 persons were injured and evacuated to the Specialist Hospital Maiguduri”.

Maiduguri Monday market has suffered nemerous bomb and suicide attacks during the peak of Book Haram activities in Maiduguri claiming hundreds of lives.

Abba Jato, an attendant at one of the filling stations at the Post Office area of Maiduguri said the sound of the explosion shook every building around the area.

“We heard a loud bang and every building around shook to foundation but because we are used to these kind of things, I knew its a bomb blast. I cannot tell how many people were affected now because the Police and red Cross with NEMA people were there. I saw three ambulances running to the area,” Jato said.

Lagos Govt Only Approved 4 Floors At The Lekki Collapsed Building

…Death toll climbs to 35

The Lagos State Government says it only approved the construction of four floors for the five-storey collapsed building in Lekki in which 34 people were killed.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Alhaji Abdullateef Abdulhakeem, when he received the leadership of the Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society, NASFAT, in Alausa, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, on Thursday.

Abdulhakeem said the state government approved four floors for the developer, Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited, in the development of the Lekki Garden Construction, but lamented that the developer decided to add a fifth floor, which led to the collapse.

According to the commissioner, the developers of the building had criminal minds by adding another floor in the quest for materialism and flagrantly flouted the town planning laws of Lagos State.

He charged religious leaders in the state to preach against materialism from the pulpit and also disregard the lust for material things, adding that religious leaders must stop receiving money from people in order to tell them fables.

Abdulhakeem said as change agents, religious leaders should enlighten the society, especially their members to do what is right as they would prefer to listen to them than the government.

He described the Mile 12 crisis as unfortunate as religion and ethnicity were brought into the fore, charging pastors and imams to preach religious and ethnic tolerance in their sermons.

“We are all from the same source, brothers and sisters. We are all from Adam as we came into existence through him. We need to play a part so that religion and ethnicity will not be brought to the fore in Lagos. Nigeria is a marriage ordained by God and we must learn to live together,” he said

The commissioner further charged religious leaders to focus on preaching issues of security and safety from their pulpit, saying that the state government had been very proactive in the area of security, citing the quick rescue of the kidnapped schoolgirls in Ikorodu as an example of government’s security proactiveness.

Chief Missioner, NASFAT, Alhaji Abdullahi Akinbode, appealed to the state government for financial support for its programmes, as the body had been struggling financially to meet the demands of serving God properly.

He said when it comes to donation of money, the Muslim population were too stingy to donate for the things of God, while pledging to assist the state government in propagating religious harmony in the state.

Lekki Collapsed Building

Meanwhile, sixteen more bodies were yesterday retrieved from the collapsed five-storey building in Ikate, Lekki, Lagos, bringing the death toll to 35. Thirteen were rescued.

One of the survivors taken from the rubble died at the Lagos Island General Hospital;  18 bodies were pulled out before rescuers left the site on Tuesday.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Southwest spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye, in a message at about 7.30pm, said: “Operations concluded at 7.20pm with 34 dead and 13 rescued after reaching ground zero.

“Investigation on the cause of the collapse has started by various federal and state agencies.”

Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) boss Michael Akindele said 95 per cent of the victims were foreigners.

He said: “As we speak now, the time is 7:20pm. Search and rescue exercise on the collapsed five-storey building of 12 blocks of flats is hereby concluded and the physical record we have is 13 lives rescued and 34 bodies.

“We had full complement of all responders on board to ensure smooth response and recovery. It is a sad story; but notwithstanding, our job as responders is to ensure that we mitigate such that all necessary actions are taken.

Akinwumi Ambode

“The greatest challenge we had was on Tuesday and it was because the families of the deceased and those rescued, 95 per cent of them are non-Nigerians.

“We have people from the North and East, but majority of those we saw in this complex were not Nigerians. Some are Togolese and others Beninoise. The state government will address the public on the situation of the foreign victims.

“Today (Wednesday), we had a very smooth operation. I must commend the police, RRS, Civil Defence, Red Cross, NEMA, LASAMBUS and all others for a diligent job.”

NEMA Southwest coordinator Yakubu Sulaimon said rescuers were initially denied access on Tuesday morning but security operatives brought the situation under control.

“We do not have a list of occupants in the building. The state government will take appropriate action on the other buildings marked,” he said.