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Nigeria to partner UN on disaster prevention

12 June 2013, 10:05

Abuja - Vice President Namadi Sambo on Tuesday expressed the readiness of Nigeria to partner with the UN in prevention and management of disaster in the country.

Sambo made this known when he received the Special Representative of the UN’s Secretary-General on International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), Magareta Whohlsrom, at the State House, Abuja.

According to him, the issue of disaster is becoming increasingly a serious issue of concern, especially with the climate change leading to disaster such as Floods, Typhoons, Earthquakes, Tornadoes the world over.

He said that it was in recognition of the importance of climate change that President Goodluck Jonathan set up a Ministerial Committee on Climate Change with a view to tackling its negative consequences.

He noted that the last flood disaster witnessed in the country originated from Lagdo-Reservoir in Cameroon.

Sambo, however, said that adequate measures had been taken to check future occurrence of such incidents across the country.

 "As part of government’s efforts to check future occurrence, the Ministry of Water Resources is designing a dam that will arrest such influx of water and curb its negative effect,’’ he maintained.

Sambo further said that Nigeria was engaged in River Management Control as most rivers were silted, noting the strides government had made in the dredging of River Niger.

He noted that a lot of deliberate actions were being undertaken to address the issue of disaster management in the country.

Sambo said that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) was being strengthened to enable it perform its duties diligently.

He said as part of efforts to extend their services, NEMA was seeking, through the National Economic Council, for the establishment of State and Local Governments Emergency Management Units.

The vice president also briefed UN Envoy on the efforts of the government to address the country’s security challenges.

He noted that the security agencies had attained great milestones in addressing the menace of Boko Haram in some states of the federation.

Sambo said that as an experienced security force, with positive records in peace keeping operations across the world the civilian population in the area, were being handled in a proper manner.

He also informed her of the positive progress the country was making in the areas of energy, transportation, agriculture and education.

Earlier, Wohlsrom had said that her mission was to convince the world to invest in prevention of disasters.

She noted the escalating costs of management of disasters, but agreed on the need to connect the relevant stakeholders to galvanise and mobilise them to support her efforts.

She appreciated Nigeria’s giant strides in disaster prevention and management as well as  socio-economic development.



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