COVID-19 has worsened disasters in Nigeria, says NEMA

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COVID-19 has worsened disasters in Nigeria, says NEMA

The pervading COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the disasters the Federal Government has been struggling to manage across the country, the National Emergency Management Agency declared on Thursday.

Although it explained that similar situations were observed in many other countries, the agency noted that only little could be done to avert the occurrences of the disasters.

The Director-General, NEMA, Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Muhammed, who said this in his inaugural address as the agency’s DG in Abuja, stated that prompt response was vital to address disasters.

He said, “While the world is grappling with the management of all the already existing disasters, the current pervading COVID-19 global pandemic has made the situation even worse. This is the scenario we are currently confronted with.

“Despite steps and actions taken by people or states, little can be done to avert the occurrences of these disasters. What is important, therefore, is to effectively respond and mitigate the effects of disasters once they occur.”

Muhammed noted that it was the mandate of NEMA to effectively respond to disasters, as he pledged that under his leadership, the agency would deliver.

He said, “As you are all aware, our nation is battling with various forms of challenges, arising from various disasters, both natural and man-made that have plagued our nation in all geopolitical regions.

“Let me therefore state that it is time to further deepen our relationships and ties to better the outcomes for humanity in disaster management.”

He noted that one of such disasters was flooding, which had continued to disturb residents in many parts of the country and promised to give it priority attention this time.

Muhammed said, “From childhood, I’ve been hearing about floods till today. I wonder why we were not able to address this issue of flooding in Nigeria. If something has been occurring for this long time, I think it is something that we must address.
“I assure you that flooding will be one of the most significant things that we are going to give attention to.”

The new NEMA boss further stated that all allegations of financial mismanagement in the agency before he assumed office would be addressed scientifically.

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