The United Nations team leader in the Office of coordination and humanitarian Affairs (OCHAS), leader Aliou Dia, has said that Nigeria is the leading African country in terms of disaster management.
This disclosure was made during a meeting at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) headquarters Abuja.
The meeting which was geared towards assessing the capacity of the nations in terms of disaster risk reduction and response, had in attendance stake holders in disaster management, NEMA officials and the United Nation’s team on National Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity Assessment.
Mr Aliou Dia, who is a Regional Programme Specialist, said that as part of its activities, the team would be meeting with ECOWAS, to see how Nigeria could export its knowledge on disaster management to other ECOWAS countries.
In his words “Nigeria is a role model to other African countries. In the light of this, the team will be meeting with ECOWAS to discuss how to export Nigeria’s idea of disaster management to other neighbouring countries”
He also said at the end of 10 days, the team was expected to come up with a national action plan that will assist NEMA, in collaboration with some donor agencies like USAID,IOM and UN in implementing projects that have to do with disaster preparedness and response.