The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with National Orientation Agency (NOA) and National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) to manage disasters and flooding in Nigeria.
The agreement was signed on Friday at the NEMA headquarters in Abuja.
Speaking at the event, the Director-General of NEMA, Mohammad Sani Sidi said the MOU will aid the management of disasters in the country.
It can be recalled that earlier this year, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) warned of a repeat of 2012′s floods in some states with some already witnessing the disaster.
Sidi expressed optimism that the collaboration between the three agencies will reduce the effects of the disaster this year.
He also assured that NEMA will carry out its own responsibilities as contained in the MOU.
The Director-General of NOA, Mike Omeri called on Nigerians to change their attitudes towards the environment.
He noted that the MOU will strengthen government’s capacity to control environmental disasters and urged other government agencies which have disaster management as part of their functions to join the collaboration.
Similarly, the Director-General of NESREA, Dr. Mgeri Benebo who expressed optimism for the collaboration however, emphasized the importance of prevention.