Director general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Engr Mustapha Maihaja has said that the agency is working to build befitting Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) for robust response to disaster situations in the country.
The DG, who stated this while addressing participants at the ongoing Emergency Operations Centres’ training facilitated by the USAID in Abuja, said experience from the response to the 2018 flood in Nigeria requires more improvement in the management of disaster situations.
He appreciated the government of United States for partnering with NEMA in the capacity development of its staff, noting that the “first training which was conducted in February on Emergency Operation Centre Design Management and Incident Command System were very helpful and instrumental in our response to the 2018 flood.”
According to him, “the 2018 flood in Nigeria has challenged us to improve the way we do things. Though we were able to support the states through the establishment of five territorial EOCs and national emergency operation centres, we are not resting on our oars. We are forging ahead to sustain a befitting EOC for the country.”
As part of the way forward, he said, “We will continue to develop the capacity of staff to ensure that all principles and practices of disaster management are institutionalised.”
Head Media and Public Relations, Sani Datti also noted that Engr Maihaja therefore requested the USAID to sustain the partnership.
NEMA’s engagement with USAID started in 2016 with the technical advisors sent to the agency to conduct capacity assessment of NEMA.