NEMA Northwest Zonal Office in collaboration with Christian Aid/Coopi and Federal Fire Service has organized a three days stakeholders Consultative Meeting on 2022 Flood Review, Fire Disaster Preparedness and Review of Zaria Local Government Area Baseline Report Commissioned by Drass Project and a fire simulation and sensitization rally.
The three days event was declared open on behalf of the Director General, Mustapha Habib Ahmad, by the Zonal Coordinator Abbani Imam Garki.
In his welcome address, the ZC said that the program is timely and in line with the world global practice of disaster management focusing on preventive, rather than reactive measures. He mentioned that now that the dry season is approaching, it comes with a challenge of frequent fire outbreaks. Hence the need for all hands to be on deck to strengthen our early warning systems and response strategies
In his remarks, Christian Aid’s Senior Advisor South Sudan, Dr. Fagbite Bamidele appreciated NEMA’s efforts in disaster management in the country most especially the agency’s response and interventions during the 2022 flood and emphasized on the importance of early warning system to alert people of disaster before they occur. He added that attitudes and behaviours make the effects more devastating on the victims.
On behalf of DCF Mustapha Bello Kibiya, Controller Federal Fire Service Kaduna, the PRO Sadik Isa appreciated NEMA for providing a platform where stakeholders can synergize to prevent fire outbreaks and other related disasters.
There was outpour of Goodwill messages from stakeholders emphasizing on timeliness of the program,importance of synergy and coordination.
Stakeholders present at the Stakeholder’s consultative meeting include: Federal Fire Service, Christianaid/COOPI, Army, Police, NSCDC, FMARD, NOA, KADSEMA, MENR, KASTLEA, LEMCs, SAESI, members of the DMP, the Media and other key stakeholders