As part of programmes and activities outlined for flood mitigation and response activities in Nigeria for 2021, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has inaugurated a 10-man technical working group.
This it disclosed is to strengthen partnership among stakeholders towards efficient flood management in the country.
The Director General of NEMA, Mr. Mustapha Habib Ahmed, while inaugurating the Technical Working Group on Tuesday in Abuja, stated that it was in line with the outcome of the recent National Consultative Workshop on 2021 flood organised by the Agency which drew participants from the State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) and relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Ahmed, represented by the Deputy Director Planning (NEMA), Hajiya Fatima Kasim, said: “You will recall that NEMA organised a National Consultative Workshop on 2021 Flood Preparedness, Mitigation and Response in Nigeria in August.
“This was part of series of programmes and activities outlined for flood mitigation and response activities in Nigeria for the year.”
The NEMA boss said that at the end of the programme, the stakeholders believe it is vital among other recommendations to constitute a National Technical Working Group on Flood preparedness, mitigation and response activities.
He further said that the first phase in the implementation of the recommendation is the zeal to inaugurate the group, adding that this is to ensure that knowledgeable stakeholders gather to brainstorm and work out improved modalities to drive flood intervention processes in Nigeria.
“The working group would routinely examine flood forecasts from climate services agencies and situational reports from states and provide necessary supports towards appropriate actions to save lives, property and livelihoods,” he said.
Ahmed while affirming the commitment of the Agency to work with stakeholders towards reducing the impacts of natural and human induced disasters in the country, said: “The Technical Working Group comprises representatives of the Federal Ministry of Defence, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigerian Police, and Federal Road Safety Corps.