NEMA, UNDP conclude workshop on disaster risk management


As disaster incidence continues to increase due to flood and other hazard-induced crisis across the world and the need to find solution to disaster management, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday concluded a two-day workshop in Abuja.

The workshop, attended by stakeholders from the Federal, State and local government levels was aimed at creating more awareness and enlightenment to the participants and finding a lasting solution to disaster management.

It is a global acceptance as flood and other natural hazard- induced crisis will likely continue and even increase in frequency. Nigeria is not immuned and unless the underlying vulnerability, crisis situations and development deficits facing the country are overcome, we will continue to remain victims by choice.

Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) , represented by the Directo,r Disaster Risk Reduction, Alhaji Hassan Nuhu, in his opening speech, said the main thrust of the FGN/UNDP 8th Country Programme was to strengthen the capacity of the agency, other emergency institutions and mechanisms to prepare, respond and aid recovery at Federal, state, and local government levels. He also urged all participants to put in their best as their way of contributing towards managing disaster risk for sustainable development in the country.

The workshop tagged “FGN/UNDP 8th Country Programme 2014-2017”, was supported UNDP.

Presentations and Agenda reviews were made on the background of NEMA/UNDP project, progress to date, status of implementation (in line with Awps), gaps, challenges, lessons learned in project development and implementation.