This Day (Lagos)

5 January 2013

Nigeria: Flood - 'Presidency Doing Everything to Prevent Re-Occurrence'

The Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation has warned Nigerians to heed disaster warnings and adhere strictly to preventive measures to forestall a repeat of the disaster wrecked by flood in 2012.

Deputy Governor (operation) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Tunde Lemo, who led a delegation of the committee on a visit to Plateau State handed the warning yesterday while in an interactive session with newsmen.

Lemo said "the purpose of the visit of the sub-committee was to present relief materials to Plateau State government for onward passage to victims of last year flood disaster in the state".

"The flood disaster of last year would have been avoided if people had taken serious warnings of the impending disaster.

"There were danger signals and concerned government agencies alerted the people and as well cautioned residents on what to do and what not to do. But unfortunately the people never took the warnings seriously until the disaster caught up with them."

Continuing, Lemo explained that "This presidential committee is not only interested in donating relief materials; we are also putting up measures to prevent a repeat of such disaster and we are already discussing that with the various state governments.

"Our people should learn to take disaster warnings seriously so that we will not become victims due to negligence as was the case of 2012 flood disaster.

"Natural disaster is a global phenomenon, it cannot be avoided but early warning signals can help reduce the casualties if the people heed warnings, and we must take such warning serious in 2013."

He said the flood occurred as a result of the flooded Cameroon Rivers, coupled with the torrential rainfall in the country last year. He assured that the Presidency was doing its best to prevent re-occurrence.

The delegation was received by the deputy governor of the state, Mr. Ignatius Longjan at Government House, Jos.

Items donated by the sub-committee includes, mattresses, textile material, toiletries, beverages, food items among others.

The sub-committee said it will monitor the distribution of the funds and materials to ensure that they were not diverted.

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