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  • Updated: April 03, 2024

NEMA, UN partner to reduce disaster impacts

NEMA, UN partner to reduce disaster impacts

The collaboration between the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) is poised to alleviate the hardship faced by Nigerians impacted by disasters. 

Zubaida Umar, the director-general of NEMA, revealed this during a visit from Trond Jensen, the head of UN-OCHA in Nigeria, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Umar praised the partnership between NEMA and UN-OCHA for its role in bolstering disaster response capabilities. During the meeting, she also outlined strategies aimed at minimizing the adverse effects of flooding on both people and the environment, particularly with the onset of the rainy season.

According to her, the mechanism included developing early warning alerts based on the seasonal climate prediction (SCP), released by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), and public sensitisation to precautionary measures to avert flood impacts.

The NEMA DG also announced an expert meeting to analyse the SCP and develop strategies for saving lives and safeguarding livelihoods.

“Other flood disaster mitigating activities will be rolled out during NEMA’s upcoming Emergency Coordination Forum (ECF) meeting,” she said.

On his part, Jensen praised the DG’s experience in the onshore sector, noting that it would be useful in finding solutions and improving efficiency and effectiveness.

He expressed excitement about the growing relationship between UN-OCHA and NEMA, saying “such foresees great things in the future.”

Jensen emphasised the importance of collaboration and innovation in addressing climate change and humanitarian challenges.

He then stressed the need for joint efforts to tackle increasing temperatures and irregular weather patterns, such as floods.

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