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.
NDLEA Arrests 43 Suspects, Removes 463KG Of Drugs In Gombe
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gombe Command, has arrested 43 drug suspects and removed from circulation, 463 kilograms...
New UN Envoy Lauds AU Troops For Stabilising Somalia
The newly appointed UN envoy in Somalia on Wednesday lauded the critical role played by the African Union (AU) troops...
Raining Season: FCT Farmers Hopeful Of Bumper Harvest
Some farmers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Wednesday expressed optimism of bumper harvests in the 2019 cropping season...
NUSA Says Inquest Into Murder Of Nigeria On June 20 Has Begun
Mr Sylvester Okonkwo, Chairman, Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA) in Kwa-Zulu-Natal Province, on Wednesday confirmed that yet another Nigerian,...
Sanwo-Olu At 54: Blessing To Generation – APC Women Leader
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Women Leader in Lagos State, Mrs Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, has described the state Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu...
Nigerian Business Mogul Says Africa Has Potential To Be Developed
Mr Ekos Akpokabayen, a South Africa-based Nigerian entreprenuer and author, says Africa has the potential to be in the status...
Meter Processing: AEDC Experiencing Communication Hitches
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), says it is experiencing communication hitches in processing applications of consumers who have paid...
ENTERTAINMENT22 hours ago
‘Don’t Link Me With Helicopter Incidents At Ore’, Says Julian Osula
NEWS23 hours ago
10 Killed In Wukari High Way Road Blocks
COVER STORIES11 hours ago
Why I Dealt With Onnoghen – PMB
NEWS17 hours ago
Election Tribunal: Court Rules In Favour Of Governor Sani Bello
NEWS10 hours ago
Yobe Govt To Sponsor 700 Students For PhD, Masters, Others
POLITICS9 hours ago
PDP: Saraki To Lead Peace Move
CRIME10 hours ago
Apostle Bags 7-yr Jail Over Rape Of Minor
FOOTBALL23 hours ago
Super Eagles Protest Unpaid Bonuses