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NEMA Tasks FG On Disaster, Risk Reduction

Posted: Apr 28, 2016 at 4:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chukwudi Nweje


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called on the Federal Government to give the Post- Sendai Disaster Risk Reduction initiative priority attention as it is a criterion that would attracts foreign investment to the country.

The agency noted that no investor would risk putting his capital on volatile and disaster prone territories without adequate and effective disaster risk preparedness and management plans.

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted by United Nations (UN) Member States on 18 March 2015 at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)

The Sendai Framework is the first major agreement of the Post-2015 development agenda, with seven targets and four priorities for action.

Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu, Zonal Coordinator of the agency, who made the appeal when he unveiled the first quarter report of the agency in Lagos, noted that fire and other forms of disaster with their attendant casualty figure and losses were becoming a worrisome development in the country.

“To attracts foreign investments, Post- Sendai Disaster Risk Reduction initiative calls for inclusive disaster risk as a State priority cause it’s a criteria that would attracts foreign attractions as

“The Governments are urged to enhance the capabilities and efficiency of the various state institutions with adequate budgetary allocations devoid of ad-hoc staffing of most of the State Emergency Management Agencies in the Country. These would further strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of the agencies to handle disasters,” he said.

Yakubu noted that cases of disaster showed marked increase in 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.

The first quarter report indicated that in Ogun state alone, an estimated N241.7m had been lost in fire incidences while the fire service was able to save N2.1b worth of properties in 82 fire incidences as at February 2016.

Comparatively, 2015 recorded a total of N438.5m in 547 fire incidences in 2015.

The NEMA boss said that “the first two month in 2016 has recorded far above a half of the total record for the whole 12 months of 2015.

“These are very disturbing figures which effects will impact negatively on the immediate victims and the society at large.

“Disaster exposes people to extreme disaster vulnerability and with the trends of losses in recent times, Nigerians as individuals and corporate organisations must understand that lukewarm attitudes to personal safety and disaster risk must be taken with all seriousness it requires,” he added