Sokoto - The National Emergency Management Agency ( NEMA) has called on Nigerians to imbibe the culture of disaster risk reduction.
The North-West Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Musa Ilallah, made the call in Sokoto on Thursday at the opening of the 2012 workshop on strengthening disaster preparedness and mitigation at the state and local government levels.
Represented by Alhaji Aliyu Kafin-Dangi , Head , Training in the North-West zonal office , Kaduna, Ilallah also stressed the need for coordinated efforts by stakeholders in disaster management.
"These are those at the federal, state and local governments and other stakeholders . This is necessary for an overall success in disaster management .
"We must continue to see ourselves as partners in progress in disaster management in the country," Ilallah said.
He said the workshop was to coordinate and facilitate a process for development of appropriate systems , procedures , expertise and resources at all levels for effective mitigation and efficient response to disasters.
"It is also aimed at improving the capacity of local government officials in providing a mechanism for integration and coordination at the state and local government levels," he said.
The Director-General, Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) , Alhaji Hassan Maccido, who was represented by Alhaji Mustapha Umar, commended NEMA for its sustained efforts in the prevention and mitigation of disasters.
Maccido said the workshop would improve the knowledge of the participants and facilitate disaster prevention and management at the grassroots.
Alhaji Tukur Ladan, from Silame Local Government, on behalf of the participants, lauded NEMA for the conference.
"We are appreciative of NEMA's efforts and we are determined to ensure the success of all its activities at all levels," he said.