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Stakeholders to address over-reliance on NEMA

25 January 2016, 11:43Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Participants at the annual consultative meeting between the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) have called for the establishment of an Emergency Trust Fund to address the over-reliance on NEMA.

Participants proposed that such a fund be financed with 1 percent of internally generated revenue and 1 percent of monthly allocation from the Federation Account to the states.

Sani Datti, Senior Information Officer of NEMA, said participants noted most of SEMAs were either not funded or are inadequately funded in spite of the enormity of disaster management activities in the states.

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“The participants also observed that most SEMAs were not established by law and those established by law were not functional and they lacked proper structure with full complement of departments, units and staff,” Datti said.

At the meeting in Asaba, Delta State, NEMA Director General, Muhammad Sani Sidi, called for stronger coordination among stakeholders especially between the coordinating agencies at the federal and state levels as effective disaster management and humanitarian service delivery could not be achieved by one tier of government alone.

“Government institutions, the private sector, local and international organisations and individual must work together for a nation like ours to meet its objectives of emergency management, disaster risk reduction and the building of strong national resilience,” Sidi said.

- CAJ News

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