By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has called on Nigerians to quickly adapt to the new situation which COVID-19 and climate change have introduced so as to avoid devastating consequences.
The Dirrector General of NEMA, AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd) stated this yesterday at a workshop for NEMA staff on integrating climate change and COVID-19 vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning for disaster risk management in Nigeria,
Muhammed said impacts of climate change and COVID-19 cut across all boundaries either spatial/geographical, economic, political technological or social and cultural.
The Director General also pleaded for proper training of disaster risk managers to adequately respond to the challenges of climate change and COVID-19.
According to him, “the risk and dynamics of COVID-19 pandemic and climate change vulnerability have given us the warning that we have to quickly adapt to the new situation or we suffer the devastating consequences.
“We are daily confronted with the fact that disasters are increasing in frequency and magnitude worldwide and they result in considerable human, environmental and material losses to communities; diversion of resources, and have also slowed down the process towards sustainable development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
“As we grapple with the consequences of climate change, the world is faced with another global pandemic which has complicated the process of managing disasters and created an incident within another incident. We cannot therefore continue in our traditional ways of managing disasters, but we have to evolve the process of disaster risk reduction and adaptation to hazards in a daily basis.
“The risk and dynamics of Covid-19 pandemic and climate change vulnerability has given us the warning that we have to quickly adapt to the new situation or we suffer the devastating consequences.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of ECOWAS Commission in charge of Social Affairs and Gender, Dr Siga Fatima Jagne, while speaking at the event, said the Commission and other global partners were concerned about the devastating effects of climate change and COVID-19.