Pay Prompt Attention To Disaster Reports, Ogun Urges NEMA

Hon. Ayo Olubori, Commr for AgricultureThe Ogun State Government has enjoined authorities of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to always give prompt attention to reports of natural disasters. Doing this, the government noted would help bring quick succour to affected people and lessen their sense of loss.

Commissioner for Environment, Engineer Ayo Olubori made this call during an on-the-spot assessment to disaster-ravaged areas in Ijebu –Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government area of the State where over 400 houses were blown off by rainstorm.

Olubori assured that government would do everything possible to cushion the effects of the disaster on the members of about 500 households affected by complementing the initial donation of relief materials provided by the NEMA.

“The State Government sympathized with the affected people in particular and the people of Ijebu North Local government in general, but we charge the authorities of NEMA to always give prompt consideration to reports of natural disaster so as to hasten the succour expected by the victims. In the same vein, we do not expect NEMA to politicize the relief given to victims and the internally Displaced People as the money used in procurement of relief materials is drawn from our commonwealth”, Olubori noted.

He also appealed to citizens to imbibe the culture of tree planting to serve as wind-breakers, pointing out that research had shown that where available, tress could help reduce the devastating effects of a natural disaster like the rain storm.

Responding, the Director – General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Sanni Sidi, represented by the South – West Co-ordinator of the agency, Town Planner Iyiola Akanbi thanked God that no life was lost inspite of massive destruction caused by the incident, assuring that relief materials would  be given to the victims very soon.

“Obviously, the destruction is massive but we thank God that no death was recorded. At present, about 250 houses were seen to have been devastated, though still assessing, we assure that relief materials like building materials, food stuffs, mattresses, blankets and many more shall be brought to the victims soon” Sidi pledged.

He corroborated the thinking of the Commissioner on the importance of planting tree to mitigate the effects of natural disaster, urging State Governments to consider tree planting as a condition for giving building approvals.

“Just as it is now a culture at the Federal level, I strongly advise that State governments should also include tree planting as part of the criteria to be fulfilled before building approvals are given. Infact, it should be mandatory that the house owner must have planted trees six months before the commencement of building of the structure”, Sidi advocated.

Ogun Assures Rain Storm Victims Of Support

ogun deputy govThe Ogun State Government will do everything at its disposal to cushion the effect on the victims of the recent rainstorm in Ijebu North local Government area of the State.

The State Deputy Governor, Prince Segun Adesegun gave the assurance in Ijebu Igbo when he visited to assess the extent of the damage caused by the rainstorm.

Sympathizing with the victims, the Deputy Governor lamented the huge loss and damage caused by the incident, but thanked God that no life was lost in the disaster.

Adesegun who visited several of the buildings affected assured that necessary machineries would immediately be set in motion to ensure that relevant agencies of government involved in providing relieve materials to disaster victims are mobilized to bring succor to those affected.

“I am here on behalf of the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who is out of the country on a state assignment to offer you words of comfort and encouragement. The effect of the disaster is no doubt devastating, but we thank God that no life was lost. I will like to assure that on our part as a government, we will immediately set in motion necessary machineries to ensure that relevant agencies of government are mobilized to bring succor to our people affected by this disaster”, Adesegun said.

Addressing the Deputy Governor on the effect of the rainstorm, head teacher of St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Mr. Amos Adenuga said the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, SUBEB and SEMA had already been contacted for the repair of the school’s damaged buildings.

Other places affected by the rainstorm which the Deputy Governor visited include public schools, residential buildings, farmlands, Post Office, Churches, Electric Transformers and Poles at Oke Padi, Atikori, Agbole-Olowu areas of the town.

Exercise To Reclaim Lost Forest Reserve Lands In Ogun Underway

       adebayo farriThe Ogun State government is set to embark on a re-demarcation exercise as part of measures to reclaim lands it had earlier lost to encroachers and illegal cocoa farmers within its forest reserves.

          Commissioner for Forestry, Alh. Adebayo Fari disclosed this in Abeokuta at a meeting with stakeholders, pointing out that it would be carried out in Areas J1, J3, J4, and J6 Omo forest reserves.

          It would be recalled that few months ago, the State government had announced that over 100,000 hectares of the total 137,000 hectares of land in Omo forest reserve had been encroached upon and depleted by some cocoa farmers.

He said it would also determine the original boundaries of the reserves, actual size of the areas encroached upon by cocoa farmers, stop further encroachment by the farmers and determine the limit of their operations.

          Fari therefore urged fresh cocoa farmers to approach the State Ministry of Agriculture for land allocation, saying the forest reserves were strictly meant for cultivation of trees and other forest resources.

“Government would not fold its arm and watch some people in the State destroy the commonwealth of the whole state and any farmer who is interested in Cocoa farming should approach the Ministry of Agriculture for land. Farmers residing in the reserve are only permitted to plant food crops and not cash crops, he submitted.

          On efforts to rejuvenate the forest reserves, the Commissioner noted that the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration was already partnering with all stakeholders to embark on mass tree planting in the reserves.

He further disclosed that government had concluded plans to give free tree seedlings to timber contractors with strict instructions that they must regenerate at least 50 % of the portion allocated to them.

          He warned that any one of them who failed to follow the instruction would have his allocation forfeited.