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  • Updated: April 17, 2024

Climate disasters: NEMA DG tasks stakeholders on early warning signals

Climate disasters: NEMA DG tasks stakeholders on early warni

The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Zubaida Umar has tasked stakeholders with early warning signals to mitigate climate disasters, including floods.

Umar stated this on Wednesday during the Experts’ Technical Meeting of stakeholders to analyze the 2024 Seasonal Climate Prediction and Annual Flood Outlook. 

She disclosed that the meeting was part of efforts by the agency to ensure that stakeholders gather to deliberate and work out proficient strategies to drive climate intervention processes in Nigeria.

She said: "Stakeholders with vast experiences in various fields such as Agriculture, Health, Water Resources and Infrastructure have been brought together to brainstorm so as to come up with actionable climate-related disaster preparedness and mitigation strategies that would assist in preparing for and responding to the expected impact of the predicted climate hazards."

She commended the management and staff of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) for their consistency in releasing weather and hydrological information. 

The NEMA DG also appreciated the stakeholders for attending the meeting while reiterating the commitment of the agency to reduce the potential impact of natural and human-induced disasters in Nigeria. 

She said: "This has become more compelling given our previous experience of unprecedented climate-induced disasters that had affected several communities in Nigeria. 

"As the occurrence of climate-related disasters such as floods and epidemics continue to increase, it is evident that human lives, properties as well as livelihoods are threatened. Communities will continue to experience impacts from the increasing extreme climate events that result in disasters. 

"To this end, it's crucial to disseminate and communicate timely and credible early warning information to enable communities and institutions to anticipate and prepare for disasters by implementing anticipatory action before they occur. 

"I am convinced that the articulated early warning message which shall be developed in collaboration with stakeholders here will help to prepare State's Chief Executives, State Emergency Management Agencies, Local Emergency Management Committees and other stakeholders to take the necessary action required to facilitate risk reduction in their respective jurisdictions.

"NEMA will also continue to map vulnerable communities based on the prediction as indicated by our climate risk monitoring agencies to enhance and strengthen enlightenment campaigns in critical states. 

"We will continue to encourage and promote effective co-operation, collaboration and partnership for efficient management of disasters in Nigeria."

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