Head, NEMA Sokoto Operations Office embarks on Working Courtesy visits

Following his recent resumption, the new Head Nema Sokoto Operations Office, Mallam Suleiman Muhammad embarked on a working courtesy visits to respective major stakeholders in Disaster Management based in the ancient “City of Caliphate”.

The new officer in charge who until his recent posting deputized at the #NEMA North Central Zonal Office in Jos, Plateau state led other delegated officials of the agency on visits to the Nigerian Army, Police, DSS, and the Road Safety, Civil Defense Corps in Sokoto.

Mallam Sulaiman stated that the visits is in line with the existing tradition of the agency as an entity saddled with the responsibilities in managing disaster; to reaffirmed its commitment for effective and efficient response to emergency.

The Director DSS Sokoto state command, Tijjani Kaffa lamented the challenges for rapid response and the lackluster intervention of stakeholders during emergency response in the state, giving reference to the recent Sokoto market fire outbreak.

He promised to meet with authorities of the state government to as a matter of fact adhere to organize a meeting among stakeholders to plan an emergency response blue print during disaster in order to save lives and properties.

Also the FRSC Sector Commandant, Sokoto, Muhammad Sani Hamza solicited the NEMA’s support for training of its officials most especially getting acquaintance to car extrication techniques for accident rescue operations.

On his part, the officer commanding 1 Brigade NA Sokoto, Brigadier O.O Soloye lamented the incessant fire outbreaks and flooding in the state, he said disaster if not properly managed will also led to another one.

However, the Commissioner of Police, Sokoto commended the agency’s prompt response to dis

aster giving reference to relief materials donated to the police aftermath of fire outbreak in one of the barracks in the state.

He also stated that NEMA has been included as a major player in the proposed Police Joint Task Forum in Sokoto state.

NEMA South West Zonal officials on familiarization visit to the Lagos State Fire Service

The Zonal Coordinator, Alh. Suleiman Yakubu led a team of zonal officials to the headquarters of Lagos State Fire Service on familiarization visit where the State Director and the last man standing of the Fire Service, Engr. Abdur Rasaq Fadipe with the officers and men of the Service received the NEMA team with a reception.
The Zonal Coordinator expressed satisfaction on the propmpt response and preparedness of the service which have made the task of emergency management far less stressful for other Agencies.
Alh Yakubu also applauded the strong political will of the State Governor for his commitment at equipping and facilitating effective and efficient fire service that can be compared with its counterparts anywhere in the world stressing that there’s no doubt it’s the best in the country.
He praised the passion and commitment of the officers and men of the service and prayed God’s protection over them.
He also called for measures to create a proactive measures in risks reduction through public enlightenment
Responding, Engr.Abdur Rasaq Facile expressed gratitude for the Zonal Coordinator to seem it fit to visit the service and acknowledge the existing synergy between the two agencies and promised more understanding and cooperation.
He, however, enumerated major challenges facing the service which are the traffic obstruction with motorists ignoring emergency signals, obstruction of emergency lane on the road and barricading major roads with gates by residents in many streets. This, he said, cause delay in prompt response to emergency scene as the men have to recourse to longer routes before getting to the scene and finally, the failure of callers to make clear descriptive information leading to emergency scene most of which are wrong addresses.
He finally urged NEMA to help other fire service in other states to carry out advocacy visits to the States Governor on the needs to have effective and efficient fire service that would assure investors to be confident of the security of their investment.