Worried by the cases of climate induced disaster, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that it would map communities in Nigeria that are vulnerable to disasters induced by climate change. The agency stated this in a Stakeholders Consultative Workshop organised to strategise on the best ways to prevent and mitigate climate induced disasters in the country. Speaking at the programme, the director general of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja said the move was part of NEMA’s disaster management and climate risk prevention programme, adding that the mapping exercise would help in mitigating the severe impact of disaster in the country. Speaking on the importance of the workshop, the DG said it was very important and relevant considering past experiences of unprecedented natural and human disasters that have been affecting collective resilience of Nigerians.
According to him, “This national workshop is among the steps necessary to collectively prepare and strategise to reduce climate induced disasters in our country. “As part of our collective responsibilities as servants of the people, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) need to always come together with a view to restrategising plan of actions, towards safeguarding and protecting our citizens, infrastructure and other elements that are vulnerable in the environment. “The impact of disasters on lives, properties and environment depends on the country’s level of preparedness, which to a large extent relies on effective early warning systems that in turn drives all processes constituting our early action mechanisms.”
Maihaja also stated that it was important to deliberate extensively in order to define an effective process that would enable stakeholders at state, local government and community levels to prepare sufficiently to mitigate, as well as respond to anticipated climate risk and secondary hazards whenever the need arises.While speaking at the function, the representative of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NHISA) Clement Eze, appreciated NEMA for always creating the platform for stakeholders to brainstorm on enhancing the safety of the country.
He said that when it comes to emergency issues, NHISA, was at the upstream sector of predicting flood and informing the relevant agencies and the general public on the next step to take.
Meanwhile, the director general, FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Idris Abbas said that the workshop would boost emergency response, noting that preparedness was one of the key ingredients of disaster management and effective response.
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