The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and some stakeholders in the environmental sector in Niger state have called for tougher sanctions to be handed out to those who indiscriminately dump refuse in the state.

The call was made in a communique issued at the end of a stakeholder’s meeting on “2019 Flood Preparedness, Mitigation and Response” on Wednesday in Minna.

The communique called for continuous monitoring of trans-boundary streams and river flows in the state for effective dam operations as well as flood control and management.

It also called for advance early warning system and pre-planning activities for successful mitigation and management of flood disaster.

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The stakeholders also called on disaster management agencies to work hand in hand with media organisations in making sure that adequate publicity on the penalties for residents engaged in indiscriminate waste disposal, especially along water channels were carried out.

The stakeholders advised the government to implement laws that will restore and conserve degraded wet-lands and flood plains in the state.

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