The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has frowned at the non-chalant attitude of some state governments, including those of South-East in handling disaster-related issues. It said no nation could make meaningful progress should it continue to pay lip-service to disaster-related issues.
It regretted that despite calls over threats being posed to the environment by climate change, several governments in the country have not deemed it necessary to key into the organisation’s vision of building a culture of preparedness, prevention, response and community resilience to disaster management.
South-East Coordinator of NEMA, Dr. Bandele Abdulahi Onimode, who briefed reporters in Enugu on its activities in the past six months, said some State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) lacked the tools to respond to disaster issues. He noted that the zone, during the period under review, among other activities, provided several troubled communities in the area with relief materials including Ezza-Ezilo in Ebonyi State and Ngor-Okpala in Imo State.
Meanwhile, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman representing Kogi Central Senatorial District, has hailed NEMA, under the leadership of Muhammad Sidi, for its quick response to his request for relief assistance to people affected by windstorm disaster, which occurred on April 2, 2012, in Geregu and Adogo/Eganyi communities.
The two communities are in Ajaokuta Local Council Area, one of the five local councils within the senator’s constituency.