The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is collaborating with stakeholders to review the National Contingency Plan (NCP) to reposition the country against the impact of disasters.
The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, made the disclosure at a two-day Experts Technical Workshop on Disasters Risk Management Implication of NiMET’s 2019 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) on Monday in Abuja.
Represented by the Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA, Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu, Alhaji Mustapha said the review of the national contingency plan would save many lives from preventable causes.
He noted that relevant stakeholders can also use the national contingency plan as justification for organisational preparedness, using the roles that had been assigned to them in the plan.
According to Alhaji Mustapha, the impact of disasters on lives, properties and environment depends on the country’s level of preparedness, which relies on efficient early warning systems.
He commended the NiMet and Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) for their consistency in releasing weather-related information, including SRP, Flood Outlook and other weather monitoring bulletin.
The director-general said that the release of the SRP serves as an excellent tool for all relevant stakeholders against any potential hazard.
“In 2018, NiMet and NIHSA released weather and hydrological information for the country, especially on the possibility of flooding in certain locations, upon which NEMA and other stakeholders acted on.
He assured that NEMA would collaborate with relevant stakeholders to put together in a simplified manner, the disaster risk management implication for the 2019 SRP.
Alhaji Mustapha said the reports at the end of the workshop would provide information on disaster management implications on agriculture, water resources, health and infrastructure.
Director, Planning, Research and Forecasting of NEMA, Mr Kayode Fagbemi, said the agency would map vulnerable communities based on the prediction as indicated by climate risk monitoring agencies.
This, according to Fagbemi, would enhance and direct enlightenment campaign in critical states.