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Disaster, crisis managers get US training

06 March 2014, 10:43

Abuja - United States has offered to assist Nigeria in the training of its disaster and crisis managers to promote the protection of lives and property in the country.

The country will offer such assistance through its Department of State Diplomatic Security Service.

Sani Datti, the information officer of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said Anthony Gonzalez, the programme manager in the Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance of the USA Diploma Security Service disclosed the offer when a team from the Department visited the headquarters of the agency.

He said the offer was intended to complement the progress made by NEMA to boost disaster management in Nigeria.

Datti said Gonzalez added that the increasing complexity of disasters required that disaster managers must be properly trained and positioned to efficiently and effectively manage such situations to minimize losses.

NEMA Director General Muhammad Sani Sidi said the agency had made bold attempts in taking disaster risk reduction to the public through its grassroots and executive volunteer training scheme.

He added that the agency, with stakeholders, had developed a contingency plan to guide and respond to sudden onset emergency in the country.

He stated further that the agency has also acquired vital assets, including search and rescue equipment, advanced life support ambulances, helicopter and air ambulance.

Sidi noted that the country was currently facing the challenges of terrorism in the north-eastern s, namely Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

He said an extension of global terrorism necessitated international cooperation.

He appreciated the kind support and cooperation extended towards the agency by the government of the United States.

“The agency over the years has been enjoying a good working relationship with the US Embassy in Nigeria, with the latter assisting Nigeria in developing National Pandemic Plans and Military assistance to Civil Authority,” Sidi said.

– CAJ News

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