By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has expressed its resolve to engage state governments through advocacy to key into disaster management through a deliberate partnership described as ‘new dawn’.
The North West Coordinator of NEMA, Mr. Ishaya Isah Chonoko expressed this in a keynote address at the Workshop on Repositioning, Strengthening and Re-Orientation of Staff from North West, which ended in Katsina on Friday.
“For efficient disaster management, the agency has resolved to Reposition, Strengthen and Re-orient both the Staff and Stakeholders on a new dawn of disaster management, this will be achieved through engaging state governments through intensive advocacy and sensitization on the need for states to key into disaster risk management as a multi-stakeholder activity,” he said.
He said the occasion, would lead to witnessing the rebirth of the Agency, “as you are all aware NEMA is an agency saddled with the responsibility of managing disasters in all its ramifications,” he added.
He explained that the workshop was to further ensure prompt response in times of emergencies and forestall late intervention which is a key parameter in disaster management.
“This upgrade is to further allow the Agency to deal with emerging issues that are international in nature such as the aspect of disaster risk reduction vis-à-vis the Sendai framework. It is also to ensure full implementation of the Agency’s policy documents,” he stressed.
He harped on the importance of the workshop, explaining that it would serve as an avenue for learning.
“Let me at this point reiterate to you that this workshop is very important to all of us as it will now be a guide to our operations, participate actively in all discussions, take notes and ask questions so that we may fully understand the new concept of the Agency’s emerging direction.
Chonoko appreciated the presence of the Head of Service Katsina State, represented by Ado Yahaya, the Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Katsina State and reps of Katsina State Ministry of Information, in person of Shaba Kankis, who gave talks on public service rules and rights of civil servants.