The Association of Parliamentary writers APW has faulted the call for the sack of the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA Mr Mustafa Maihaja. The group while reacting to the adoption of the report of the ad hoc committee chaired by Hon. Ali Isa at plenary at the House of Representatives said the call is hasty and filled of innuendos.
Comrade Kingsley Frank the national publicity secretary of the association in a press statement made available to newsmen in the National Assembly complex said the report of the committee was devoid of specifics. “resorting to generalized statements that is based on events which the DG is not culpable of cannot be a basis for the call for the sack of the NEMA boss.
‘’There may have been some level of negligence one way or the other in the agency before now but it cannot be pointed at the DG not talk of calling for his sack’’ the group posited.
The association said most of the challenges facing the agency are been addressed by the DG since he assumed office. It said the challenges are enormous.
The group raised an alarm that there is a rising pattern to distract the present administration by calling for the sack of various parastatal heads in the country. It said this pattern is dangerous because it has become a political gimmick. ‘’You can see that the DG came in just two years ago and has been doing a lot to reposition the agency for greater performance. The reason for the call for his sack for activities that occurred years before his appointment in such circumstance becomes rather suspicious and questionable.
The Association of Parliamentary Writers APW called on the Federal government to discard attempts to distract it through frivolous calls stressing that the agency needs support to ensure it performs optimally.
The association also called on the federal government to ensure that the National Mission Control Centre which is responsible for the detection of stress alert signals is effective. It said this Centre which is only three in Africa (Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt) if effective will be very important for emergency response in air, sea and on land.