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Incapacity stifles local disaster management

12 May 2014, 08:57Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has decried low grassroots capabilities in disaster management in the country.

Director General of the agency, Muhammad Sani-Sidi highlighted this at the International Symposium of Integrated Disaster Risk Governance held in Beijing, China.  

According to a press statement issued by the Agency the Director General,  only 53 of the 774 local governments have some semblance of emergency management institutions.

This, he said, was grossly inadequate.

Sidi also highlighted low institutional capabilities in data generation,risk analysis, early warning services and gross inadequate funds as hindrances to effective and efficient disaster management at the states and local governments, noted that Nigeria was yet to meet the required number of fire stations per community.

He said poor implementation of existing disaster action plans and mitigation strategies as well as weak enforcement of the land use planning posed challenges.

Sidi added that fire service stations in the country were far below the recommended numbers per community, noting that inadequate equipment for critical stakeholders posed another challenge.

Sidi advocated private sector participation in disaster risk reduction, adding that conflict prevention and management should be included among the key priorities of Framework Two with consideration of the peculiarities of Africa and other developing nations.

"Framework Two should be made a global convention rather than guidelines and principles for ratification by all nations. International assistance should be based on the ratification."

- CAJ News

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