NEMA recommends rebuilding of tremor affected houses in Kaduna

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has recommended the rebuilding of tremor affected houses in Kwoi, Kaduna State, pending the outcome of assessment reports by the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency.

Mr Musa Illalah, NEMA North-west Zonal Coordinator made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said there was urgent need for the over 300 houses affected to be rebuilt pending the outcome of the assessment report.

According to him, the report from the agency will enable them take action on whether or not to relocate the victims from the area.

“We, in collaboration with other stakeholders like the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, the local government officials, and traditional rulers in Jaba local government undertook and assessment of the affected areas.

“We wrote our report and recommendations to the Federal Government for urgent intervention to the victims, which we recommended the provision of building materials.

“Ours is to keep close touch with the Geological Service Agency and when they share the report with us we will know what role to play.

“It is not the responsibility of NEMA to say the people should be relocated, that is why the geological agency is on ground and we are working in close collaboration.

“Unless that recommendation is made, I don’t know whether we can say it is safe or not for people to live there’’, Illalah said.

The coordinator said NEMA would do everything necessary to avoid further disaster and any loss of lives in the area in line with its Risk Reduction goal.