The Seminar was organized by NEMA with facilitators from Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre (BUDMC) United Kingdom and participants drawn from Heads of State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs); all Heads of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Zonal, Territorial and Operations offices; selected staff from all departments and representatives of stakeholder agencies.
The Director General NEMA Mustapha Habib Ahmed in his remark, commended the course participants and resource persons for a robust engagement and advised the SEMAs present to cascade the knowledge gained to their various states.
He also emphasized the imperative for the States Government to established their own Local Emergency Management Committees. He added that as for NEMA, it has already commenced preparation for this year’s rain season especially concerning anticipated extreme weather consequences such as flood.
A team member from BUDMC Professor Lee Miles who spoke on behalf of the facilitators said the 5-day intense engagement covered very important and practical areas of disaster management that would benefit the nation.
Also speaking on behalf of the participants, Chairman of Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency Hon Walaman Sam Igrubia appreciated the DG NEMA for the foresight in organizing the seminar.
He said that the lessons learnt would immensely benefit that states in their preparation and response to disasters. He also appealed the NEMA to sustain the kind gesture of capacity development for SEMAs.
The DG NEMA presented certificates of participation to all participants.
Among the participants were the Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Dr Femi Oke Osayintolu, DG FCT Emergency Management Agency Dr Idris Abbas, Executive Secretaries of Kano, Kaduna, Benue, Kogi, Jigawa, Adamawa, Yobe, Anambra, Enugu, Cross River SEMAs. Others include the Directors General of Bauchi, Taraba, Plateau, Oyo, Ondo and Rivers SEMAs. The Hon Commissioner supervising Ebonyi SEMA and Chairman of Bayelsa SEMA also participated in the executive seminar among others.
27th January 2023