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NEMA, Military Collaborate On Disaster Management, Response

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says it is collaborating with the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on disaster management and response.

Mr Mustapha Maihaja, Director-General, NEMA, disclosed this on Thursday during an assessment visit to some military formations in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team visited the 671 NAF detachment and Nigerian Army 81 Battalion, Letmauck Barracks, both in Ibadan.

Maihaja, who was represented by Air Cdre Akugbe Iyamu, the Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA, said the recent red alert in the country over rising water level required such collaborations.

He said that the essence of the assessment visit was to deploy all facilities to ensure safety of Nigerians.

NAN reports that 12 states in the country have recently been placed on red alert by NEMA, due to the rising water level.

“As at yesterday (Wednesday), the rising water level is 10.66cm, a delicate threshold.

“We are going round to deploy all facilities to ensure Nigerians are safe during this threatening period. We are very passionate about this.

“Disaster management across the world cannot be carried out without the support of the military,” he said.

He explained the four stages of disaster management included preparation, risk reduction, rescue and relief, adding the situation was presently at the risk reduction stage.

He said that six teams had been constituted across the country to visit all vulnerable areas to evacuate affected Nigerians to safe areas.

“The on-going sensitisation is to prepare for response. The six teams constituted are to move vulnerable people across the country to a safe place prepared for such.

“We will also not relent in monitoring the water level for quick response to the disaster,” he said.

Rear Admiral Dolapo Kolawole, Director Search and Rescue, Defence Headquarters, said the team was in Ibadan to assess the capability gaps in providing assistance for disaster management and response.

Kolawole said that the defence headquarters, in conjunction with NEMA, would work together to bridge all gaps and ensure Nigerians were saved from disaster.

“Our visit is to assess logistical requirements in terms of land, Air and Maritime platforms. We will assess the manpower and training.

“We will also compile communication and medical equipment as well as other basic equipment for onward transmission to the defence headquarters,” he said. (NAN)



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