The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has assured stakeholders that it would henceforth participate in joint trainings to provide better response to emergencies.
Director general of NEMA, Engineer Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja gave the assurance in Kaduna when he visited the 401 Flying Training School, Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base.
“One of the gaps identified by the Commander of 401 Training School is the need for joint training, this is noted and I assure you we would have a special session where this gap and others would be discussed,” he assured.
Engr Maihaja said that NEMA is saddled with the responsibility of disaster management in all ramifications. “Disaster has a circular activity from prevention, mitigation to response. NEMA coordinates all activities of stakeholders in disaster management circle. “The agency is also charged with responsibility of coordinating disaster management of humanitarian crisis,” he added.
NEMA DG said that the agency has developed so many policies, including the National Disaster Response Plan that guides disaster management in Nigeria.
He further disclosed that NEMA and its activities are directly under the Presidency. “The president declares a catastrophic disaster and all units, including the Army, Navy and Air force disaster units are activated and coordinated by NEMA,” he said.
“We cannot run away from natural disasters, mostly owing to the climate change. As disaster managers, we would do all within our powers to ensure that NEMA is prompt in response to disasters,” he assured. He explained that the visit to all disaster units in the country commenced with that of the 401 Flying Training School. Earlier, Commander 401 Flying Training School, Group Captain Ahmed Yusuf Dari said that the school was established in 1964 for organising flying training for NAF Pilots and also serves as a disaster response unit.
“It was upgraded in 1970 and upgraded again in 1984. It operates Air Beetle and other aircrafts,” he added. Group Captain Dari said that the school is designated a direct emergency response unit. “Our achievements include 12 casualty and 13 medical evacuation missions within the last six months,” he said.
The Commander told the NEMA DG that the units seek assistance from the agency in terms of training, search and rescue operations, as well as scuba diving training.
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