For the nation to surmount the challenges and impact of flood disaster on lives and property, citizens must contribute their part and take responsibility.
Southwest Director, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA Mr Slaku Bijimi who made this known while featuring on straight talk, an interview programme on Premier FM said the call became necessary as preventive measures against disaster.
Mr Bijimi who likened the occurrence of any disaster as that of emergence of COVID-19 which can happen unexpectedly, emphasized that disasters are real and will always occur.
He expressed worry that the recurrence of havoc wreaked by flood over time, was as result of lack of stringent measures put in place by relevant authorities, and failure of flood victims to relocate from affected zones.
The NEMA boss advised members of the public to desist from dumping refuse on water ways, and the need to sustain the culture of tree planting.