27 August 2020 by SODIQ ADEBARA
Following the prediction of massive flooding from next month, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA has warned residents of Kwara State living around lowlands and river banks to relocate.
Director General of NEMA, Muhammed Alhaji Muhammadu gave the warning while distributing relief materials to victims of flooding in four Local Government areas of the State.
Alhaji Muhammadu said the warning became necessary few days after the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NIMET predicted torrential rainfall in some States which could precipitate flooding from next month
The NEMA boss, who was represented by the Head, Minna Operations of the Agency, Mrs Lydia Wagami also implored residents within the metropolitan areas to avoid indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages and adhere strictly to building codes with a view to averting flood disaster
Mrs Magami Also Advised residents of the State to Always use quality building materials while erecting structures to minimize the recurrence of building collapse as a result of heavy rains.
In his remark, The Senator Representing Kwara central constituency, DR Ibrahim Yahya Oloriegbe who facilitated the distribution urged residents along flood prone areas to immediately relocate to safer locations in their own interest.
Dr Oloriegbe Commended the management of the agency for its rapid response to the plight of the victims in his senatorial district.
Items distributed includes, 528 bags of 12.5kg maize, 53 kegs of 20 litres of groundnut oil, 27 bags of salt, 1,056 pieces of mattresses ; 1,584 pieces of blankets, 1,104 bags of cement; 1,104 bundles of roofing sheets among others.