By Oluwajuwonlo Afolabi, Ibadan
Mr. Slaku Luggard, the Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, South West says the Agency will immediately commence efforts to form an Active Response Team to prevent disaster in Nigeria.
He made this remarks in cognizance of the increased cases of disaster in the country at the celebration of International Day for Disaster Reduction in the world held at PentonRise Hall, Bodija Ibadan.
The Precision NG reports that the NEMA boss while delivering a lead paper on behalf of the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq at the event decried that little or no improvement had been recorded at the country’s efforts at preventing disaster even after major reviews of the activities in time past; urging Civil Societies, Groups and Related Agencies to collaborate with communities, local government areas, academia, private sectors and other stakeholders to change the narrative and progress the activities to reducing disaster in the country.
In his address, Mr. Lukma Arasi, the Executive Secretary of Oyo State Emergency Management Agency relayed the ongoing contributions of the State Government to combating disaster in the State.
He reiterated the commitment of the Seyi Makinde-led administration to doing more on the agency’s mandates of sensitizing, coordinating, monitoring, educating and providing relief materials to the people of the State affected by disaster.
Mr. Adesoji Oluwatoyin who represented the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp expressed his displeasure at the government’s less attention to disaster in Nigeria. He prayed for more grassroots support in uniting efforts with the NSCDC and other related outfits to work collectively on reducing disaster in Nigeria especially at the face of climaxing climate change.
It should be recalled that the United Nations General Assembly officially designated 13 October every year to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction. This year’s celebration was organized in Nigeria by the Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) in conjunction with Promoting DRR in Nigerian Community (CDRCR) and the PanAfrican Climate Justice Alliance in Ibadan.