BY AMEH IDUJAGI, JALINGO – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the sensitization of local communities in Taraba State against flood.
NEMA head of Human Resources Development, Yola Operation Office, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, who announced this on Friday while speaking to newsmen in Jalingo, said that the agency has adopted proactive measures towards curtailing flood disaster in rural communities.
Sadiq said that the agency has chosen three Local Government Areas under pilot programme that include Jalingo, Gassol and Lau since they are areas closer to the River Benue.
He appealed to members of the public to keep vigil with early warning signs, saying that ‘prevention is better than cure’.
The NEMA official also said that the team has already visited Namnai, a community in Gassol Local Government Area and enlightened residents about safety measures.
According to him; “We have gone to Namnai community where we interacted with fishermen, farmers and other residents in the area about safety measures and sensitivity to flood alerts.
“We have decided to be proactive and preventive rather than response. So, we have chosen three Local Government Areas that are basically flood prone which are also close to the River Benue that is the source of flood in Taraba and its neighboring states.
“We are appealing to members of the public to be cautious on safety measures and flood warning alerts”.