The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has raised the alarm over more devastating flooding next year if necessary, steps are not taken by Federal, State and local governments.
The Director General of NEMA, Mustapha Mohammed, made this known on Monday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Special Duties to defend his agency’s 2023 budget.
He lamented that early warnings given to the States in 2022 by the agency were ignored, leading to destructive effects in all the affected areas.
Mohammed said: “Let me also use this opportunity to prevail on the committee to intervene on our behalf. We have written to states several times. This flood is still coming in 2023.
“They must be advised early to set up State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) and local emergency committees and fund them adequately.