In an apparent sub-regional solidarity, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has offered to assist The Gambia in the establishment of its own emergency management agency to strengthen efforts at providing safety for lives and property in the West African Sub-region.
The Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi said this in his office in Abuja, while receiving the High Commissioner of The Gambia to Nigeria, Ms Angela Colley Iheme.
According to him, the international cooperation was necessary on matters of disaster management since the occurrence has no respect for national or international boundaries.
He said given the necessary approval and memorandum of understanding, the agency would send some of its technical officers to assist in drawing up the required structures and facilities for efficient and effective disaster management in The Gambia.
Sani-Sidi said though disaster management was still developing in Africa, Nigeria has achieved a lot, particularly in the areas of the structure, qualified personnel, equipment and experience, noting that despite the success, efforts are being made to further strengthen capacity of the agency in view of the increasing occurrence of disasters.