The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, wants the Ondo State House of Assembly to speed up action on the passage into law of the bill for the establishment of State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA.
The South West Coordinator of the Agency, Iyiola Akande who made this known while inspecting over 500 houses affected by rainstorm in Owo, area of Ondo State, said the bill if pass into law would help the agency to know accurate figure of victims during disaster periods.
The major areas affected by the rainstorm were Ekusi and Fajuyi streets, Oke Ogun, Ehinogbe and Idase where the heavy rains destroyed property worth millions of Naira, while several hundreds of people were rendered homeless, including schools and churches.
Mr. Akande expressed sadness over the incident, saying NEMA make a special report to Federal Ministry of Environment requesting the government to provide relief materials to those whose property were affected by the rainstorm.
Akande, who later visited the palace of Olowo of Owo, Oba David Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi, urged the community leaders to get comprehensive list of the victims to enable government know the exact number of people that required assistance.
“I have gone round, and discovered that over 250 houses were affected. I am using this opportunity to call on the ondo state House of Assembly to hurriedly pass into law the proposed state emergency management agency, SEMA,” he said.
He recalled that last year NEMA visited Ondo State to prepare a memo demanding the quick passage of the Bill, pointing out that since then nothing seems to have been done.
While commending NEMA for its quick intervention, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Olagbegi urged the agency to ensure that the victims of the rainstorm are compensated by the Federal Government to minimise their sufferings. NAN
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