Ahead of the 2023 rainy season, the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said it has put in place mechanisms to ensure that the adverse effects of floods in the state are prevented.
The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr. Mohammed Goje, stated this on Friday, noting that SEMA has already initiated communication with relevant line ministries, departments, and agencies responsible for repairs to damaged roads and drainages.
He said out of the 27 roads and drainages destroyed in 2022 by floods, 24 have been repaired, while others are still ongoing.
“SEMA, on Thursday, May 4, 2023, has commenced a high-level engagement with stakeholders from flood-prone areas across the state, aimed at ensuring that measures for relocation and prevention are fully implemented,” he said.
During its engagement with Geidam LG stakeholders, the executive secretary of SEMA said 15 communities in six wards of the local government have been marked for either relocation or construction of a water embankment.
“Bade, Karasuwa, Jakusko, Bursari, Potiskum, Gulani, Gujba, and Fune local government areas are next to be engaged to ensure measures are taken in line with NIMET’s prediction and 2022 experience,” he added.