According to the Annual Flood Warning released by Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), twelve Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Jigawa state are of high risk of flood in 2020.
This was revealed by Assistant Director, Aminu Boyi Ringim who represented the Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Kano Territorial Office at a stakeholders meeting on flood awareness and disaster management held in Dutse, Jigawa state.
In his speech, Aminu Ringim stated named Kaugama, Taura, Guri, Gwaram, Dutse, Auyo, Miga, Malam Maduri, Ringim, Biriniwa, Jahun, and Kafin Hausa as the LGAs under the highly probable flood risk.
“Disasters can wipe out our developmental gains attained over the years within a twinkle of an eye, now more than ever before, we must double our effort and commitment to reduce vulnerability among our communities thereby making them resilient to disasters,” he added.
He further stated that flooding as the most prevalent disaster is a reoccurring environmental event across Nigeria on yearly basis, this indeed is a clear indication that, flood disaster is inevitable but the most important thing is taking drastic actions towards reducing the impact of such disaster as an integral part of disaster management.
“It is in consideration of the foregoing therefore, that the National Emergency Management deemed it necessary to organize stakeholders and community sensitization on Disaster Preparedness across the nation aimed at sensitizing and creating awareness for state and local governments on their expected roles in disaster preparedness and mitigation”, he stated.
This will be a veritable tool towards proactive and effective response to disasters, and this is our purpose of being here in Jigawa state today, he added.
He also reminded stakeholders at the meeting that disaster management is a business for all households, communities, Local Governments, States, Federal Government, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs), and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Volunteers, and Private sector must play complementary roles in disaster management.
He then called on the participants at the meeting to suggest ways and strategies to mitigate the impending impact of the predicted 2020 flooding.
After a long session of comments and suggestion, participants agreed on quarterly stakeholders meeting and joint community stakeholder’s sanitization and team work in all the listed LGAs to achieve disaster mitigation.
The meeting had representatives of Jigawa State Emergency Agency (SEMA), Red Cross, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSDSC), Fire Service, Ministry of Works (MoW) amongst other stakeholders.
The meeting ended with immediate community sensitization on flood awareness at Limawa community in Dutse LGA.