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Why NEMA is committed to Sahel Resilience Project, by DG

By Matthew Ogune, Abuja
01 April 2022   |   3:55 am
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is committed to actualisation of the Sahel Resilience Project to curb disaster risks in Nigeria, the Director-General, Mustapha Ahmed, has said.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is committed to actualisation of the Sahel Resilience Project to curb disaster risks in Nigeria, the Director-General, Mustapha Ahmed, has said.

He stated this, yesterday, when a joint mission on Sahel Resilience Project from the Embassy of Sweden in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the project implementation team from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria visited NEMA headquarters in Abuja.

Ahmed said the commitment was in tandem with the Federal Government’s agenda of building resilience to disaster risks and improving the livelihood of Nigerians under President Muhammadu Buhari.

Noting the benefits of the project, he said: “The Sahel region, with its distinctive fragile ecosystem and economy driven by extreme weather condition, poverty, insecurity, political unrest, terrorism and climate change phenomenon will, no doubt, drive immense benefit from this intervention project.

“Moreover, regional development as envisioned in the Sahel Resilience Project will surely engender global positive impact in Nigeria and will permeate the entire Sahel states of West Africa. This is bearing in mind that, even under normal circumstances, Nigeria serves as the centre of gravity for commerce, industry, immigration and exchange of goods and services for West Africa.”

The DG commended the government of Sweden for being the sole sponsor of the project, which is expected to strengthen disaster risk reduction and build the resilience of a greater Sahel region and Nigeria in particular.

Counsellor and Programme Manager, Environment, Climate Change and Renewable Energy at the Embassy of Sweden in Addis Ababa, Ms Annar Tjarvar, who led the team, remarked that the visit was part of efforts to promote trans-border implementation of the project.

She added that the visit was aimed at engaging relevant stakeholders on implementation strategies of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation as well as the progress made on the Sendai Framework Monitor and implementation policy in Nigeria.