The Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Muhammad. Sani-Sidi, has pledged to strengthen collaboration with Ghana and other countries within the region on disaster management.
Sani-Sidi made this known yesterday in Abuja when Amb. Usman Mi- jima, Deputy High Commissioner of Ghana to Nigeria, visited the agency.
According to him, Nigeria was ready and willing to share the experiences gained over the years in successful disaster management.
”Because of the peculiar circumstances that we have found ourselves, we have been able to really build our capacity to manage some of these emerging disasters that occur in this country.
” Disaster management is very expensive and we have been able to acquire some assets to manage disasters and these assets are available to our brothers and sisters within West African countries.
” A couple of years ago, we sent some of our personnel to Gambia to assist in setting up the Gambian Emergency Agency.
”Right now we are preparing to send some of our personnel to Liberia to assist the country in setting up their National Emergency Management Agency.
”What we expect is to share experiences and best practices within the region and explore other means of strengthening other agencies of government ’’ Sani- Sidi said.
He said that the issue of terrorism was a big challenge as the agency was saddled with the responsibility of managing over 2.1 million displaced persons as a result of insurgency.
Sani-Sidi said the Boko Haram insurgency would soon be a thing of the past as the military and other security agencies had regained most of the communities captured by the violent sect.