US Tasks Nigeria’s Emergency Agencies on Disaster Management

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(Last Updated On: 2016-11-09)

Sherifah Oyediran

The United States (US), has stressed the need the Nigerian emergency agencies to improve on strategies of meeting with local disaster management.

The US Bilateral Affairs Officer, Major Chidi Adighije, who made the remarks at US Embassy in Abuja on Wednesday also assured of the US assistance to Nigeria in the areas of disaster management capabilities.

According to him, the seminar on Disaster Response and Emergency Management organised by the American agency, in conjunction with Ministry of Interior was to educate the Nigerian emergency agencies on methods of tackling disaster management.
Adighije said the bilateral collaboration would close any perceived gap in differences between addressing disaster management in Nigeria and the American country.

He said, “In the US, we have several agencies that are involved when it comes to disaster management and preparedness which is quite similar to what Nigeria has, however implementation might be different. If there are any gaps, we hope this seminar will bring that to light and we will see where we can facilitate in bridging those gaps.

“It’s the belief of the US Embassy and the Nigerian government that having experts in the same room, they will be able to figure that piece out. Ultimately, what everybody wants to see is that the agencies that are responsible for disaster can actually come to light and be productive in event of a disaster.” Adighije said.

Also, Comm. Ahmed Saleh, said disaster was a challenge that pervaded every government, stressing that it was important to know most effective way to manage it.
“We want to know how best to manage disaster, that is why Nigeria invited the US to come and teach us how best to mitigate disaster in the country,” Saleh said.

Also speaking, representative of the Ministry of Interior, Modupe Omisore, said Nigeria always welcomed assistance from the US, noting that the support was always made available to the nation.
“We recognise the fact that we are not up to the task in the area of disaster management, so that informs this seminar,” she added.

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