Some of the action points from the stakeholders meeting on flood awareness campaign and implication of 2020 seasonal rainfall prediction held on 12th August, 2020 at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Kano, was to conduct a high-level advocacy visits to Traditional and Community Leaders on the impending flood and to carry out sensitization campaign in the listed Local Government Areas (LGAs).
The meeting also agreed on the effective use of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Officers in such LGAs to carry out such sensitization campaigns.
Rimin-Gado is one of the listed LGA predicted to experience flood under the high-risk probable areas by the 2020 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO).
As a follow up, NEMA team jointly with Stakeholders were at Rimin-Gado Local Government Area on 14th August, 2020 to Sensitize and enlighten the community members living in flood prone areas.
The advocacy meeting was held at the Palace of the District Head of Rimin Gado Alhaji Auwalu Ahmad Tukur (Magajin Rafin Karaye) with some stakeholders from Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), National Orientation Agency (NOA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSDSC), FIRE SERVICE, LG Chairman, ULAMAs and the Media.
The Stakeholders advocated for Proper Waste Management in addressing the Frequency of the Flooding and called on community members to deter from indiscriminate waste disposal and regular clearing of drainages to avoid water locks.
The District Head of Rimin Gado Alhaji Auwalu Ahmad Tukur (Magajin Rafin Karaye) thanked NEMA and other stakeholders for considering his community for the maiden flood sensitization activity in 2020 and promised to do what it takes within his jurisdiction to support the effort.
He then called on all the ward heads to mobilize and sensitize their homesteads to begin clearing of recklessly disposed wastes, gutters and water ways.
He also instructed that the flood sensitization campaign should continue in all mosques and worship centers by way of sermons.
Part of the sensitization activity was a joint road walk with stakeholders and community members; flyers containing information on flood precautions were distributed to a large number of people around Rimin-Gado communities.