Following a warning of impending thunderstorm and flood in some states issued by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET, the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has directed the ministries of environment and humanitarian affairs as well as the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, to liaise with downstream communities to relocate to safer locations.
The governor, in a statement issued by the Director-General, Press and Media Affairs, Mamman Mohammed, said the measure is necessary as Yobe State is among states that may experience heavy rainfall soon as predicted by NIMET.
Buni directed the key ministries and SEMA to work out a realistic and acceptable means of assisting the vulnerable communities, especially those living on river banks and other flood-prone areas, to relocate to safer locations.
“The ministries and SEMA should work out comprehensive and proactive measures to ensure the safety of the people before the much-anticipated floods.
“The ministries should work along with the communities to reach mutual agreements on the choice of locations as well as the mode of movements”, he directed.
Buni assured that the government will provide the necessary support to ensure the safety of the vulnerable communities.
The governor also called on the communities to cooperate with the relevant agencies to provide the required support and assistance.
According to NIMET’s recent weather forecast, heavy downpours accompanied with thunderstorms are specifically expected over parts of Adamawa, Jigawa, Kebbi, Zamfara, Bauchi, Gombe, Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Yobe, Borno and Sokoto states in the early hours of Friday to Sunday.