A Lecturer at the University of Jos, Samuel Obadiah, has called on stakeholders to support the adoption of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to address copious challenges of disaster in Nigeria.
Obadiah made the call when he led a group of students from the Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies, University of Jos, on a familiarity visit to the NEMA zonal office in Jos, Plateau state, recently.
He also informed that disaster risk reduction has been widely accepted as “the best measure in the management of disasters which most countries have already adopted according to their local peculiarities and Nigeria could not afford to be left behind in this regards.”
He said the visit was intended to expose the students to the tremendous achievements being recorded by NEMA, especially in the face of the frequent disasters arising from natural causes, communal conflicts and insurgency.
The University lecturer, who expressed his dissatisfaction with the state affairs at the agency, tasked the stakeholders to support the agency towards achieving success in its mandates and urged the federal government to strengthen NEMA’s operations.
He said: “our Centre is committed to research, teaching and community services. This visit is aimed at bringing us closer to the practical issues that could further enrich our research and teaching activities.”
“We want to get more familiar with how NEMA operates in the management of disasters especially in the area of disaster risk reduction.”
Responding, the North Central Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr. Abdulsalam Muhammed said the emergence of insurgency has given a new dimension and challenge to providing supports to people in distress.
He said as the apex agency of the Federal Government with mandates on the management of disasters in Nigeria, NEMA ‘s role was more than a mere relief distribution to being a proactive agency that rally all other organizations and stakeholders to making Nigeria a disaster resilient nation.
He said NEMA was prepared to collaborate with the University and its Centre to promote awareness on disaster management. He said it was in this spirit of partnership that six Nigerian universities were presently offering post graduate studies in disaster management.