Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja, has said the agency would engage state governments through intensive advocacy and sensitisation for efficient disaster management.
Maihaja, in a statement signed by NEMA Head of Media and Communication, Sani Datti, yesterday in Abuja, disclosed that the resolution was made at the end of a three-day special retreat of management staff and heads of its zonal and operational offices.He stated that one of the key parameters in disaster management was prompt response, adding therefore that the agency’s response must improve to forestall late intervention.
On the upgrade of disaster management in Nigeria, he said: “Emerging issues that are international in nature will be implemented or embraced, such as the aspect of disaster risk reduction vis-à-vis the Sendai Framework, Satellite Surveillance System for disaster preparedness and mitigation.
“Policy documents established by the agency are important, operationally. In view of the dynamic nature of emergency management, these documents must be periodically reviewed and new ones considered necessary developed.”
According to him, efforts are being made to distribute equipment across the country for disaster management, and where not available, such shall be provided.The DG said there was need for improved welfare scheme commensurate with what is obtainable in other countries.
Maihaja noted that modern administrative and managerial skills as well as technologies would be strengthened to boost efficiency in the agency.The Governing Council of NEMA is particularly concerned about the welfare condition of the staff, noted to be inadequate despite the risks involved in discharging their duties, he added, assuring a close working relationship between the management staff and union to stave off suspicion and acrimony for better industrial harmony.