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NEMA tasks stakeholders on synergy to improve disaster management

Mr Aboi said though disasters cannot be avoided, they could be reduced.

• February 22, 2024
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

The National Emergency Management Agency has called for inter-agency collaboration between stakeholders to improve disaster management in Kaduna State.

North-West Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Imam Garki, made the call at a stakeholders review meeting of 2023 disaster activities on Wednesday in Kaduna.

According to him, coordination and synergy among disaster response units and agents was important in managing disasters.

He said the meeting was aimed at providing vital opportunities for the stakeholders to come together and share project successes and challenges.

Mr Garki said, “This meeting will serve as a platform for us to exchange insights, share best practices and forge innovative solutions to mitigate the impact of disasters and enhance our capacity to adapt and recover swiftly.

“We are here to familiarise ourselves with the major key roles as stakeholders to avert wastage, function overlaps, and reduce inter-agency rivalry. Similarly, it would also give us the platform to understand our capacity in terms of personnel, equipment while identifying opportunities available for us to explore.”

He commended the National Meteorological Agency for the timely release of the 2024 seasonal climate prediction and called on the stakeholders to utilise it for early warning and preparedness.

Acting Zonal Director, North-West Zone of the agency, Ishaya Chinoko, said synergy among disaster response units and agents was important in managing disaster or crisis.

He said the stakeholders need to understand the growing importance of effective disaster preparedness and response in safeguarding communities, infrastructure, livelihood and the environment.

Mr Chinoko said, “We have witnessed the devastating impact of disasters, from windstorm and floods to fires; highlighting the critical need for coordinated efforts and proactive measures.”

Earlier, Director, Department of Fire Service and Public Safety, Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, Paul Aboi, said that emergency management was under three categories; the national, state and local government.

He said that enlightenment was key to disaster management, especially when planning emergency strategies.

He stated, “We cannot avoid natural disasters, but we can reduce them.”

Mr Aboi assured that KADSEMA would continue to collaborate with the agency in ensuring the safety of lives and property in the state.

(NAN)

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