Senate seeks NEMA intervention for rainstorm victims

Nigerian Senate has sought the intervention of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials to the victims of flood and rainstorm that recently ravaged some communities in Katsina and Jigawa states of Northern Nigeria.

The resolutions of the Senate followed different motions to that effect by Senators Umaru Kurfi, and Abdullahi Gumel which they sponsored during Thursday’s plenary session.

Presenting his motion, Senator Kurfi noted that there was a heavy rainfall and flooding in the affected towns on May 17, this year.

He lamented that over 1,000 people lost their houses, other properties like farmlands to the flood, adding that many animals and 15 persons were reportedly dead due to the natural disaster.

The victims are currently living in deplorable conditions having been dislocated and dispersed into neighbouring villages as a greater number of them; especially victims of farmlands destruction are stranded without the means to operate in the impending farming season, he said.

If expedient measures are not taken, these victims whose means of livelihood have been stripped away may continue to be homeless and hungry with intended threats to their health and survival in the years to come, he said.

In his own motion, Senator Gumel lamented that several communities in Gumel local government area of Jigawa State suffered calamity caused by the highly destructive rainstorm due to loss of their properties.

On Sunday, 27th May, 2018, about 56 houses including residences and schools were blown away by the rainstorm at Gumel in Gumel local government area of Jigawa State.

Senator Gumel expressed worry that thousands of Citizens, including Children and women have been rendered homeless, with students and Children now out of school and are being housed in school premises and public buildings because of the misfortune.

He said despite the resultant humanitarian crisis caused by this natural disaster, no agency of the federal government, including NEMA has assisted the victims either through provision of relief materials or rebuilding their structures destroyed by the rainstorm.

The Senate, therefore called on NEMA to immediately intervene through provision of relief materials to the victims and help rebuild their homes, worship places and schools.

It also urged the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and other relevant government agencies to be more proactive in predicting and giving early warning signals of natural disasters.

This, the Red Chamber, noted would enable people to be warned and take precautionary measures to minimise the disastrous effects of such natural disasters.

Source: Voice of Nigeria