The Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mohammad Sani-Sidi, has called for collective efforts in formulating policies and programmes, aimed at disaster management in the country.
This is contained in an in-house journal of NEMA, made available to in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said that efforts at reducing disaster risks “must incorporate poverty reduction into regional and international bilateral cooperation.
“As our nation brace up to modern day disaster challenges, efforts must be geared towards mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into our national development plans for sustained development,’’ he said.
He said that efforts at reducing disaster risks, should be incorporated into the short, medium and long-term planning of the country.
The director-general said that government at all levels should take responsibilities relating to disaster prevention, preparedness and stronger communal resilience.
“NEMA has succeeded in the coordination of emergency response in Nigeria through the development of an effective response plan, capacity building and formulation of a guiding national contingency plan.’’
Sani-Sidi said the agency had signed an MoU with the World Food Programme on the sharing of assets and promotion of food security.
He solicited the assistance of the UN, towards overcoming some of the lingering emergency challenges in the country.