Unveiling the Official Portrait of the Director-General National Emergency Management Agency Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu A. Muhammed (rtd)

Air Vice-Marshal Muhammadu A. Muhammed (rtd) was appointed the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR with effect from 30th April 2020.
The DG formally assumed duties on 5th May 2020 and has since begun to put in place modalities and processes essential to properly position the agency to effectively and efficiently deliver on its statutory mandates on disaster prevention, preparedness, mitigation and response in Nigeria.
Muhammed comes with a wealth of experience serving in various capacities in the Nigerian Air Force and public service, including as Chief of Policy and Plans at the Nigerian Airforce before his retirement.
He holds a BSc in Political Science and MSc in Strategic Studies and is decorated with the medals of General Service Star, Pass Staff College and Fellow Defence College among others.
The NEMA DG began his professional career in 1981, enlisting in the Nigerian Defence Academy, and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in 1985.
He took his primary and basic flying courses at 401 and 403 Flying Training Schools, Kaduna and Kano respectively, and subsequently completed Tactical Fighter Training at 117 Air Combat Tactical Group, Kainji.
He was assigned to work in the Nigerian Airways between 21 January 1997 to 16 January 1998, serving as Military Assistant to the Chief Executive of the national airline.
He also served as Security Officer, Wing Chief Administration, Fleet Training Officer and Fleet Captain Air Force One (Boeing 737 BBJ) between 26 January 2000 to 4 February 2013 at the Presidential Air Fleet.
Thereafter, he was posted to the HQ NAF to take up the role of Deputy Director Policy, Director of Transformation and Chairman Air Exposition and International Liaison up until 8 January 2015.
Air Vice-Marshal Muhammadu A. Muhammed (rtd) was also at various times:

● The Senior Air Staff Officer at the Headquarters Training Command

● Managing Director of Nigerian Air Force Investments

● Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command

● Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command, and

● Air Secretary.

He also has Limited Combat Rating and United States Federal Aviation Administration License as well as Nigerian Civil Aviation Air Transport License with 5,566 flying hours.
The DG NEMA has flown several aircraft types which include: Air Force One (B737 BBJ), Alpha Jet, Gulf Stream 550, Dassault Falcon 900, Citation Jet, L39 ZA and Bulldog 123.
Air Vice-Marshal Muhammadu A. Muhammed (rtd) is a native of Maiduguri, Borno State and is married with 5 lovely children. When he’s not working, he’s most likely reading, horse riding or engaged in some leisurely football activities.
The DG surely looks forward to a good working relationship with the media as he steers the Agency onwards to its visions and truly impactful service to Nigerians.

Manzo Ezekiel
NEMA Press Unit
Abuja 20th July 2020

AVM Muhammed A Muhhamadu (rtd) assume duties as DG NEMA

The newly appointed Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Muhammed (Rtd.) on Tuesday formally assumed duties at the headquarters of the Agency in Abuja.

He was received on arrival by NEMA directors and later held meeting with the management staff in commencement of duties in the office as the Director General.

President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the appointment of AVM Muhammed as the Director General of NEMA with effect from 30th April 2020 in statement that was issued from the office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation.

The Director General of NEMA, AVM Muhammed was a former Chief of Policy and Plans at the Nigerian Airforce before his retirement. A holder of prestigious national and international flying licenses and recipient of several distinguished military service honours, he had also held other operational and strategic positions in the Nigerian Airforce that include the Air Secretary, Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command, Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command and Managing Director of Nigerian Airforce Investment.

AVM Muhammed has flown several aircraft types which include: Air Force One (B737 BBJ), Alpha Jet, Gulf Stream 550, Dassault Falcon 900, Citation Jet, L39 ZA and Bulldog 123. His decorations include General Service Star (GSS), Pass Staff College(PSC+) and Fellow Defence College among others.

NEMA Press Unit

AVM Muhammed assumes duties as DG NEMA

 

National Emergency Management Agency

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AVM Muhammed assumes duties as DG NEMA

The newly appointed Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Muhammed (Rtd.) on Tuesday formally assumed duties at the headquarters of the Agency in Abuja.

He was received on arrival by NEMA directors and later held meeting with the management staff in commencement of duties in the office as the Director General.

President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the appointment of AVM Muhammed as the Director General of NEMA with effect from 30th April 2020 in statement that was issued from the office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation.

The Director General of NEMA, AVM Muhammed was a former Chief of Policy and Plans at the Nigerian Airforce before his retirement. A holder of prestigious national and international flying licenses and recipient of several distinguished military service honours, he had also held other operational and strategic positions in the Nigerian Airforce that include the Air Secretary, Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command, Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command and Managing Director of Nigerian Airforce Investment.

AVM Muhammed has flown several aircraft types which include: Air Force One (B737 BBJ), Alpha Jet, Gulf Stream 550, Dassault Falcon 900, Citation Jet, L39 ZA and Bulldog 123. His decorations include General Service Star (GSS), Pass Staff College(PSC+) and Fellow Defence College among others.

 

Manzo Ezekiel

Press Officer

6th May 2020

COVID-19: NEMA Strategizes for mass care

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the implementation of strategies to provide leadership in Security, Logistics Mass Care (one of the Functional areas of the Presidential Task Force) response to Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) pandemic in Nigeria.

In this regard, all structures as provided by the National Disaster Response Plan have been activated. Consequently, the Agency held a meeting with the relevant stakeholders to discuss about implementation of the strategies, especially regarding to essential needs and modalities for conveying the supports to the people.

Director General of NEMA Engr Mustapha Maihaja said all NEMA offices nationwide have already been directed to also liaise with the State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) and other relevant stakeholders in their respective areas to, on the established strategy, under assign responsibilities and roles, to ensure effective response to COVID-19.

The DG who was represented by the Director of Planning Research and Forecasting Mr Kayode Fagbemi said the Agency was aware of the consequential impacts of the pandemic, therefore is coordinating other responders for security, logistics and mass care in support of the response to the COVID-19 .

Already all staff have been put on alert as part of the essential services during the critical period of the pandemic.

Present at the meeting were representatives of the relevant stakeholders that include Office of the National Security Adviser, Defense Headquarters, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense corps, Nigerian Red Cross Society and Federal Road Safety Corps, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Fire Service, Federal ministry of Interior, International Committee for Red Cross and NEMA.

Manzo Ezekiel
NEMA Press Unit
Abuja

TEXT OF NEMA PRESS BRIEFING by DG NEMA

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  • RE: ALLEGED VIOLATION OF PUBLIC TRUST AGAINST NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (NEMA) BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

1) Distinguished members of the press corps, Good Afternoon.

2) I would like to thank you all for coming to this Press Conference. This Conference was called to provide an open platform to discuss the conclusions in the report of the House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness dated 8th November 2018.

3) As you are aware, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is an Agency charged with the responsibility of Disaster Management in Nigeria and coordination of responses to emergencies.

4) Disasters either Natural or Man-made, always have adverse consequences to the people in the impacted areas. Disasters or emergencies can be in form of famine, flooding, fires, draught, epidemic, earthquake etc which often result to displacements of people, as well as massive repatriation of stranded Nigerians from other countries.

5) Our responsibilities as provided in the NEMA’s enabling Act, is to respond to disasters in a more effective, efficient and transparent manner. We strive to minimise the suffering of the people affected by Disaster and hence our Motto: ‘For the Distressed!’.

6) Therefore, to insinuate this sacred duty of saving lives and provision of livelihoods was abused is a very difficult pill to swallow, not only for me, but for many members of my team as well as our partner Agencies such as the Military, Police and International Humanitarian Agencies.

7) To provide context on the funding of North East humanitarian response, the budget of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) for the period January to April 2017 was $1.05 Billion. The sum of $590 Million was for food and nutrition. As at April 2017, only the sum of $94.8 Million was provided by the donors.

See the Report of UN-OCHA on the Nigerian Humanitarian Dashboard published on 23rdMay 2017.

This meant that we had a shortfall of $495.8 Million in food funding.

For the period May to October 2018, when the Federal Government Emergency Food Intervention for the North East was being implemented, the World Food Programme net-funding requirement was $230 Million.

8. Just to re-emphasise, we are not here to come up with excuses. Today, this public response is an obligation as a Government to adequately inform Nigerians of what truly happened. The confidence Nigerians have on NEMA and its capability to respond in their most difficult time of need cannot be tarnished. Nigerians need to be rest assured that NEMA is, was and will always remain “FOR THE DISTRESSED”.

Donated Rice by the People’s Republic of China

9) The Peoples Republic of China, as a gesture of its brotherly relations with the Federal Republic of Nigeria donated 6,779 metric tonnes of rice to Nigeria as part of its support to the North East humanitarian efforts. This is equivalent to 135,550 units of 50kg bags of rice. In total, 271 containers, arrived at Apapa Port from China in 5 shipments between June and October 2017.

10)In its mandate as the coordinating ministry for all Foreign support, the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning received this kind gesture on behalf of the Nigerian Government. I will like to emphasise that while the Ministry of Budget and National Planning was the liaison with the Chinese Government, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was the consignee of the Shipments.

11)Considering NEMA’s mandate as it relates to humanitarian intervention, we were instructed to take the responsibility of port clearing and ultimate movement of the rice to the North East.

12)The original Shipping documents and Custom Exemption Certificates were handed over to NEMA by the Ministry of Budget & National Planning (MB&NP) in December 2017 and January 2018. Thereafter NEMA commenced the immediate clearing and subsequent haulage of the donated rice to Maiduguri, Damaturu, Yola, Jalingo, Gombe and Bauchi.

13)Being a donated consignment, it required duty exemption and other waivers before Clearing. The Government had restricted the importation of Rice; hence the process of getting the proper documentation also took extra time.

14)The total cost of Shipping and storage charges for the 271 containers was N518 million. We have all the receipts to prove this. The actual cost of the donated rice is N2.24 billion (50.05 Million Chinese Yuan).

15)The invoices by convention bears the consignee’s name. However, NEMA being the Agency that cleared the goods made the payments on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN).

16)The companies that were engaged for clearing the donated rice were duly registered with NEMA, ITF, NSITF and PENCOM with relevant documents submitted to NEMA which formed the basis for the award of the contract.

17)To further justify that the items were received on behalf of the Federal Government, they were delivered into NEMA warehouses in Gombe, Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, and warehouses provided by the State Governments in Bauchi, Taraba and Yobe. The Chinese Rice was used for monthly feeding of the IDPs specifically in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States with balance in stock at Gombe, Bauchi and Taraba.

Receipt and Utilisation of 1.6bn for Flood Victims In 16 States

18)The Agency as a Disaster Management organisation has in place policies and procedures that guide its response to incidences.

19)There is Pre-assessment relief, post disaster response after conducting a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and then Recovery/Rehabilitation. The first one requires immediate action, while the subsequent 2 involve detailed steps to be taken. The magnitude of the disaster determines the length of the time needed to address all issues identified such as nutrition, accommodation and livelihood support.

20)The practical case of Pre-assessment relief was that of the flood incident in Kebbi State which occurred on 30thApril 2017 and NEMA responded, on 9thMay 2017. Another instance was that of flash floods in Kogi State which occurred on 8thSeptember 2017, and NEMA swiftly responded on 11thSeptember 2017. These are clear cases of Pre-assessment response showing that the Agency was very sensitive to the plight of Nigerians immediately after the disaster.

21)In the case of the flood intervention in 12 States which was covered in the legislative report, N1.6 billion was released after the flood had occurred at different times in the respective States. We immediately conducted assessments and established the needs before moving in with relief materials.

22)The Agency delivered the items to the 12 States between September and November 2017, and subsequently the remaining 4 States.

23)Evidence of receipt of the items by the respective State Governments are available.

Funds Released for Emergency Intervention of Food Security In The North East

24)The Emergency Intervention of Food in the North East (EFINE) came into being due to a number of factors.

25)Firstly, due to the liberation of many captured territories in the North East, there was an increase in the number of citizens previously held in these locations controlled by Boko Haram. Many of these citizens moved into IDP camps or host communities. So the demand for food significantly increased.

26)Secondly, the conflicts in the region destroyed most of the arable lands in the areas. So the food production in the North East declined.

27)Many of our partners in the international donor communities were very active in providing humanitarian aid in the area in the form of food, medical and livelihood support.

28)However, on 15thApril 2017, United Nations World Food Programme (UN WFP) alerted the FGN that it would be reducing its vital support to about 1.8 million IDPs by as much as 85%, due to corresponding reduction in funding by the donor countries.

29)The WFP requested the FGN’s support to augment this shortfall and avert any additional suffering on the displaced Nigerians in the zone. Based on the analysis presented, the WFP shortfall would commence by May or June 2017.

30)Around the same time, the United Nations Commission for Refugees in Geneva also issued a warning of growing risk of mass death from starvation among people living in conflict areas, including Nigeria.

31)These alerts led the Federal Government to constitute a Presidential Committee comprising of;

a. His Excellency, the Acting President,

b. Hon. Minister of Finance,

c. Hon. Minister of State, Budget and National Planning,

d. Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,

e. Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria,

f. Deputy Chief of Staff to the President,

g. Senior Special Assistant to the President (Office of the Chief of Staff),

h. Special Assistant to the President (Planning & Coordination) and

i. Special Assistant to the CBN Governor.

32)The project demand was a clear case of emergency.

33)At the time, the Central Bank of Nigeria through its Food Security Programme had access to 30,905 Metric tonnes of assorted grains located in warehouses across the country.

34)The arrangement was for the Federal Government to procure these grains from the Food Security Programme at a cost plus model. This means the original costs of the grains plus addition costs such as insurance, fumigation, storage and a nominal interest and margin.

35)After conducting a tour by the NEMA team to the various warehouses to confirm the existence and quality of these products, it was agreed that logistical arrangements needed to be made to move these grains from various warehouses in Ibadan, Funtua, Kano, Gombe and Kaduna to the North East.

36)It is important to note that these 30,905 MT is equivalent to 1,030 trucks of 30 tonne capacity. This means we were transporting 618,100 units of 50 kg bags. These grains would cover between 3 to 4 months of food supply to the IDPs. At the time, we could not provide actual timing estimates as the rainy season was about to commence and for those who know the North East, a number of areas, such as Rann would be totally cut off once the rains kicked in there by restricting our movements.

37)The movement of these goods from the grain warehouses to the North East was coordinated by the Nigerian policy force and in the Red Zone by the Military.

38)The trucks moved in convoys of 10, escorted by 2 police pilot vehicles. The monitoring of this movement was coordinated by an Assistant Inspector General of police working with the respective Commissioners of Police in each transit state.

39)The vehicles carrying these grains were also monitored by digital tracking systems coordinated through the NEMA logistics base in Maiduguri.

40)There was no reported case of a single bag of grains that got missing in this movement.

41)In the North East, the goods were received in 3 main warehouses – the NEMA warehouses in Gombe, Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, and warehouses provided by the State Governments in Bauchi, Taraba and Yobe. In Yobe State, Military warehouses were also used. It is from these warehouses that the goods were eventually moved to the IDP camps, host communities and liberated areas for distribution.

42)Once again, let me emphasise, this operation was coordinated by the Nigeria Police backed by satellite tracking and supported by way bills that confirm the despatch and receipt of goods. Store Receipt Vouchers (SRVs) and Store Issuance Vouchers (SIVs) were also used.

43)In the North East, we adopted the policy of House-to-House direct distribution system, led by NEMA, along with SEMAs and I-NGOs/volunteers using Voucher System issued to the beneficiaries.

44)The House-to-House direct distribution system was a more humane system: where the food items were delivered to the IDPs doorsteps as against the usual practice of queuing up. History has shown that sometimes, long queue of IDPs under the sun led to civil disturbances or exhaustion. A register of households was also maintained for further record keeping.

45)The movement of the goods from the central warehouses to the IDP locations was coordinated by the Nigeria Military under the command of a Navy Admiral who relocated to Maiduguri from the Defence Head Quarters. We started with the IDP camps. For the more remote areas, our movements were guided by the rains, security and intelligence reports.

46)The EFINE logistics command worked hand in hand with the Operation Lafiya Dole leadership team. The EFINE military team had representatives from the Army, Navy and Air Force. The team was supported by Police HQ as well as State Commands

47)The movement of goods were in military convoys backed by the Nigerian Air Force who provided aerial cover to ensure the convoys were not ambushed. Several reports have also indicated that Boko Haram camps also had food shortages and they had been attempting to attack food warehouses. So as we feed our citizens in these remote and reclaimed locations, we also had an obligation to ensure that the food did not end up in the hands of the terrorists.

48)In each location, the battalions overseeing the reclaimed territories provided security for the grains and NEMA officials managing the distribution.

49)Proper enumeration of the IDPs across the entire Zone was first conducted. Prior to the distribution, a serially numbered voucher is issued to each Household and on the day of distribution the voucher being the identification of the Households to the distributors is ascertained and verified, thereafter the quantities corresponding to the number of Households is then released to the leader of the Households at his doorstep, and the vouchers is punched. This is repeated every month. The distribution was on a “food basket” basis. We had carbohydrate (maize, sorghum, millet) and protein (soya beans). Each household received the equivalent of 50 kg per month.

50)The project was kicked-off by His Excellency the Acting President in Maiduguri, Borno State on 8th June 2017, with the Borno State Governor, Bauchi State Governor, Yobe State Deputy Governor, National Security Adviser, Chief of Staff to the President and several National Assembly Members were all in attendance. Thereafter, the delivered items were inspected in the NEMA warehouse by the Vice President and other dignitaries. We also displayed our digital tracking centre that was monitoring the movement of the trucks.

51)Following this kick off, His Excellency the Acting President, invited all National Assembly Members from the North East and their Governors for a meeting on 16th June 2017. This consultative engagement was to get their inputs on the programme implementation. It was agreed that the members of National Assembly will also nominate their representatives as observers. It is on record that some of the members participated during the distribution exercise by providing some representation.

52)As part of the process of monitoring the project, a visit was undertaken by the Minister of State Budget and National Planning on 7th and 8th August 2017 to Bauchi, Yola and Maiduguri. This monitoring team included most members of the EFINE. During those visits, no major issues were raised by the States. Furthermore, throughout the entire process, we did not receive any feedback, positive or negative, on the process. Taking into account the open door policy we had taken, as well as the long tenure of the project (over 4 months), there were many avenues for these issues to be raised to both NEMA or the Acting President.

53)Once again, let me reemphasise that these foods items were delivered into NEMA warehouses in Gombe, Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, and warehouses provided by the State Governments in Bauchi, Taraba and Yobe. In Yobe State, Military warehouses were also used.

Release of N3,153,000,000.00 To NEMA for Food Intervention to the North East

54)The Federal Government approved the release of 5,000MT to WFP upon their request in May 2017. The following facts informed the decision of the Presidential Committee:

a) The request by WFP to import the Rice will have had a direct negative impact on Government position against Rice importation. It would have left rice farmers with unutilised stock of paddy and millers with unsold stock of rice.

b) The permission sought to import the Rice comes with additional request for waiver on duty and associated taxes.

c) WFP being a donor-funded Agency, their activities are for the benefit of Nigerians and the 5,000MT approved for release was meant to be distributed to Nigerian IDPs in the North East.

d) Indeed, included in there submission is a request for the FGN to donate rice.

e) It was true that WFP offered to import the Rice at N11,500/bag. This price assumed zero duty. It is important to note that imported rice attracts a 60% duty and levy. The Government proposed that WFP should buy locally at market rates instead of importing at concessional rates. This means they had a shortfall in the quantity when compared to their budget, hence the decision of Government to augment the shortfall by releasing the 5,000MT for onward distribution to the IDPs. This scenario resulted in two benefits to Nigeria. The first is our farmers had an offtake. And secondly, our IDPs received their interventions.

f) The 5,000MT given to WFP attracted some associated logistics cost, which was paid by them in recognition of Government effort in meeting the need of the IDPs.

The balance of 5,000MT was allocated to NEMA for distribution.

Massive Evacuation of Stranded Nigerians from Libya

55)There was an international outcry on cases of slavery in Libya towards the end of 2017, which informed the decision of Government to commence the Massive Evacuation of Nigerians from Libya.

56)The evacuation of stranded Nigerians from Libya was a multi-agency operation, with the following stakeholders: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force, National Intelligence Agency, Department of State Security, NAPTIP, National Commission for Refugees, relevant State Governments, etc. which was carried out between 26thDecember 2017 and 22ndFebruary 2018.

57)Operationally, we commenced with a Fact-finding Mission to authenticate the data and information supplied. We then deployed a technical team in Libya as well as Monitoring and Evaluation teams. Back home, we established a Reception Center in Port Harcourt to receive the returnees.

58)The operation commenced smoothly but had to abruptly be terminated due to rising insecurity in Libya that impacted its airport and skies. At the time the project was terminated, Two Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty (2,130) Nigerians were evacuated as against the 5,037 earlier estimated. However, alternative arrangements were made to evacuate the remaining Nigerians trapped in the Militia-controlled area. We worked leveraging on the existing MoU between NEMA and International Office for Migration (IoM) and this has resulted in further evacuation of 3,303 Nigerians. I am pleased to say all repartees under the Federal Government project are safely home.

59)This operation was highly successful with prudent fund management after which the unspent balance was returned to the coffers of Government. The sum of N102,714,095.00and $4,864,224.00was graciously approved by Mr. President for the entire project and the balance of N11,039,555.00and $2,528,073.00was returned to the Treasury respectively.

CONCLUSION

60)I hope this explanation sheds more light on the activities of NEMA as it relates to the allegations made in the report of the National Assembly House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness. The projects and programmes above presented are properly documented; Waybills, SRVs, SIVs, and stubs where vouchers were used are all available.

61)We will continue to execute our mandate to the best of our ability.

62)We will continue to consult and engage all stakeholders as our mandate is meant to be inclusive and value adding.

63)We will ensure that the confidence Nigerians have in NEMA during their time of need is sustained and enhanced.

64)In conclusion, NEMA is and will forever remain FOR THE DISTRESSED.

Thank you for Listening

NEMA to Improve Disaster Management with EOCs

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  • The 2018 flood in Nigeria has challenged us to improve the way we do things, though we were able to support the states through the establishment of five (5) territorial EOCs and national emergency operation centres. We are not resting on our oars, but we are forging ahead to sustain a befitting EOC for the country.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is working to build befitting Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) for robust response to disaster situations in the country, Director General, Engr Mustapha Maihaja has said.

Addressing participants in the on going Emergency Operations Centres’ training facilitated by the USAID in Abuja, he said experience from the response to the 2018 flood in Nigeria require more improvement in the management of disaster situations.

He said, “the 2018 flood in Nigeria has challenged us to improve the way we do things, though we were able to support the states through the establishment of five (5) territorial EOCs and national emergency operation centres. We are not resting on our oars, but we are forging ahead to sustain a befitting EOC for the country.

As part of the way forward, he said “we will continue to develop the capacity of staff to ensure that all principles and practices of disaster management are institutionalised.”

He appreciated the government of United States of America through USAID for partnering with NEMA in the capacity development of its staff, noting that the “first training which was conducted in February on Emergency Operation Centre Design Management and Incident Command System were very helpful and instrumental in our response to the 2018 flood.”

Engr Maihaja therefore request the USAID to sustain the partnership in supporting NEMA to evolve its programmes into global best practice and standards.

NEMA’s engagement with USAID started in 2016 with the Technical Advisors sent to the Agency to conduct capacity assessment of NEMA.

DG NEMA moves to Enhance Collaboration Between the Nigerian Military and the Agency

In consolidation of existing working relationship, Director General National Emergency Management Agency Engr Mustapha Y. Maihaja today visited the the Defense Headquarters of the Nigerian Armed Forces in a move to enhance collaboration between the military and the agency towards sustain improvement in the management of emergencies in the country.

The Director General of NEMA and his delegation were received by the Chief of Defense Staff General Abayomi Olonisakin in company of some principal staff officers of the Defense Headquarters in Abuja.

Maihaja said the visit was in furtherance to reassure the Defense headquarters of NEMA’s recognition of its active role as a major stakeholder in disaster management in Nigeria. He said this was also evidence in the creation of 70 Disasters Response Units (DRUs) in Army, Navy and Air force formations located throughout the country for prompt response to emergency situations.
He appreciated the collaboration of the Nigerian military towards the success of the on-going special food distribution in the northeast, noting that NEMA has continued to benefit from the partnership of the military in the discharge of its mandates.
The DG NEMA said though Nigeria was lucky not to have had any devastating catastrophic disaster, the availability of the military to collaborate in emergency response was an assurance of hope if any of such should happen in Nigeria.
Responding, the Chief of Defense Staff General Abayomi Olonisakin assured that the Nigerian military would continue collaborate with NEMA towards efficient and effective disaster management.
He advised NEMA to work closely with the DRUs and engage in regular joint trainings and simulation exercises for closer relationship.
The DG NEMA was accompanied on the visit by the Director Search and Rescue Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu, Ag. Director Planning Research and Forecasting Mr Vincent Owan and the Deputy Director Search and Rescue Dr Onimode Bandele Abdullahi.

FG Inaugurates committee on Katsina and Ogun Flood

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  • The Director General of NEMA said report of the committee would also be used as case studies to be adopted as a standard for addressing the plights of other communities affected by flood in the country.

Further to the initial response in the provision of succor to victims of the recent flood that devastated communities in Katsina and Ogun States, the Federal Government has set up a special committee to undertake detail assessment of the disaster and recommend appropriate remedial measures in addressing the plights of the affected communities.

Inaugurating the committee in Abuja, the Minister of Water Resources Engr Suleiman Adamu said President Muhammadu Buhari had directed Water Resources Ministry and NEMA to carryout detail assessment of the damages caused by the flood in the identified states and recommend measures to assist the victims and remedy the losses.
Also speaking, the Director general of NEMA Engr. Mustapha Maihaja advised the committee to be diligent in the discharge of the assignment by working together with the Katsina and Ogun State governments to identify the affected persons and the extent of damages to property and ascertain interventions that may be required.
He said committee’s assignment was in line with the mandate of NEMA to find durable solution to the problem of flood in the country through sensitization in vulnerable communities, working with the state authorities to relocate communities at risks to higher and safe locations, construction of camps for displaced persons and partner to ensure strict adherence to town planning regulations amongst other measures.
The Director General of NEMA said report of the committee would also be used as case studies to be adopted as a standard for addressing the plights of other communities affected by flood in the country.
The committee comprised of representatives of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, NEMA, National Water Resources Institute, Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency, Rima Basins Development Authority and Ogun-Oshun River Basins Authority. The committee is expected to submit its report in two weeks.

DG NEMA Mustapha Y. Maihaja assures of his commitment to improved staff welfare

Director General National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Engr. Mustapha Y. Maihaja has assured of his commitment to improved staff welfare and harmony as necessary for the agency to achieve its mandates on emergency and disaster management in the country.
Speaking in his office during the presentation of a new executives of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) NEMA Unit, he said the management of NEMA under his watch would operate an open door policy and accommodate useful inputs from the staff. However, he said the management would adhere to due process, observe extant rules and principles not to contravene the law under any guise.
The Secretary of ASCSN in the Federal Capital Territory Comrade Isaac Ojemhenke who formally presented the new officials of the union to management of NEMA, appealed for sustainable understanding between them to work together for industrial harmony in the agency.
He also inaugurated the new union leaders in the presence of the management of NEMA.
The new officials of ASCSN NEMA unit were elected by the staff on 8th March 2018 with Mr Justin Uche Owazuruonye as Chairman; Hafsat Shaibu, Vice Chair; Ofili Charles, Secretary; Agaba Moshood, Financial Secretary and Abdul Funsho as Ex-Officio.