Disaster Management: NEMA Seeks Interagency Collaboration 

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By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called for inter agency collaboration, synergy between stakeholders to improve disaster management in the state.

Imam Garki, North west Zonal Coordinator of the agency, made the call at the 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 is aimed at providing vital opportunities for stakeholders to come together and share project successes and challenges.

“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 familiarize ourselves with the major key roles as stakeholders to avert wastages, function overlaps, and reduce inter-agency rivery.

Similarly, it would also give us the platform to understand our capacity in terms of personel, equipment while identifying opportunities available for us to explore”.

He commended the National Metrological  Agency (NiMet) for the timely release of 2024 seasonal climate prediction while calling on stakeholders to utilize for early warning and preparedness. 

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

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

“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, Mr Paul Aboi, Director, Department of Fire Service and Public Safety, Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA) said  that emergency management falls under three categories; the National, State and Local Government.

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

“We can not avoid natural disasters, but we can reduce it”.

Aboi assured that KADSEMA would continue to collaborate with the agency in ensuring safety of lives and properties in the state.(NAN)

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