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Ekiti is fully ready to mitigate impact of 2023 flooding – Oyebanji tells NEMA

By Matthew Ogune Abuja
22 March 2023   |   3:54 pm
Governor of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji has assured of his administration's preparedness to mitigate the impact of the 2023 flooding.

Governor of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji has assured of his administration’s preparedness to mitigate the impact of the 2023 flooding.

Oyebanji who offered the explanation, Tuesday in Abuja during a visit to the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Mustapha Ahmed commended the agency for its timely response to the victims of the flood disaster in the state.

He said that the visit was to appreciate the agency for its support to the people of the state affected by one form of disaster and to request for more intervention.

“I have spent five months in office and I can tell you that we are really prepared for this year’s flooding but we can do more if we collaborate with agencies like NEMA.

“My visit today is for two reasons, to thank them for their support to the Ekiti State government and to tell them that we can receive more of this intervention in the interest of our people.

“I also want to invite the director-general to come to Ekiti and see what we have done in preparation of the flooding.

“For the past three months, we have focused on dredging, clearing of canals and drainages has been on to ensure that we do not have such experience again,” he said.

On his part, Ahmed appreciated the governor for the visit, while commending him for heeding to NEMA’s call for early preparation, mitigation and prevention of flood disasters in the country.

The director-general however called on the state government to establish its local emergency management committees, to

“Disasters as they say are local, it starts from a community, within a local government.

“So it is important to have a local emergency management committee to tackle that local disaster, then the state government comes in.

“It is only when these capacities have been exited that NEMA comes in, so it is important for state governments to establish their local emergency management committees,” he added.