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NEMA buoys staff capacity to manage emergencies


National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the re-engineering of emergency responders to meet up with the daunting security challenges in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Head of Abuja Operation Office of NEMA, Bitrus Samuel, during the 2019 staff retreat held in Keffi, Nasarawa State, pointed out that the retreat was a re-engineering effort to ensure that the staffers are well equipped to manage emergency situations.

Recalling that the Shi’ite protesters had recently destroyed their Emergency Response Ambulance bay at the federal secretariat, he pointed that the agency has about five of those facilities spread across the FCT to effectively respond to emergency situations.

The NEMA operations head noted that the agency was not in anyway overwhelmed by challenges in Abuja as they are prepared to render constant assistance to people in distress.He said: “We have emergency response ambulance bases and they are critical facilities of government as part of proactive disaster management so as to reduce the response time and get to people who are in distress by getting to them early.”

Samuel pointed out that being a standard emergency management outfit, the agency had made it a priority to boost the capacity of its staff through training and retreats to share experiences and see how to take disaster management to the next level.“We want to be a more professional outfit and the whole idea is to boost our capacity to do more by elevating our current level of expertise. In the global arena now, you cannot but continue develop because of the techniques deployed to tackle disasters,” he added.

A retired Public Servant, Adekunle Oni, who spoke on the theme, ‘re-engineering the agency for effective and proactive disaster management’ tasked the NEMA staffers to take their work seriously.


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