The NEMA/World Bank initiative on strengthening the resilience and Lessons Learned Exercise on 2022 Floods disaster in all facets of the Nigerian societies was held at the Lagos State Command and Control Centre, Alausa, Ikeja.
The Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Habib Ahmed while delivering his opening remark enumerated various sectors of the economy impacted by the 2022 Floods with their data specific to Lagos State as well as gaps analyses with suggestions that various actors are expected to be more active.
The Director General who was represented by the Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office emphasised the need to reappraise all efforts carried out on every incident that occurred, identify gaps, bridge the gaps for effective and efficient response in subsequent incidence as they occur thus the need for involvement of the World Bank to assisting in this exercise.
The Director General expressed gratitude to participants in attendance and promised to assist in capacity building of other stakeholders which LASEMA has been benefitting.
He said that request by other stakeholders for retraining of water rescue and safety which the NEMA had planned for the lead Agencies and at the Federal and State level is still in process and would be conducted in the first quarter of the coming year.
NEMA, he said, highly appreciates the synergy and partnership it has been enjoying from partners either individually or collectively.
On his part, the Consultant to the Global Bank, Alhaji Nuhu Al Hassan highlighted the objectives of the meeting which had held in Abuja earlier this week as gathering of information and data on lessons learnt on the occurrence of 2022 Flood disasters in Nigeria.
He further explained that choosing one event to cover other incident is to use flooding which simultaneously affected all parts of the country can be used to gauged the standard and levels of emergency preparedness and response management at the various tiers of government.
The Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Dr Femi Oke Osanyintolu expressed gratitude to NEMA and World Bank for deeming it fit for choosing Lagos State to represent South West Geo-Political zone as point of reference.
He enjoined the World Bank to facilitate capacity building for his staff as main request.
The World Bank Team lead, Mr Joseph – Palmer Nkem narrated the efforts of NEMA in achieving the approval of the World Bank to conducting the exercise.
In response to the Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, Mr Nkem Joseph-Palmer informed the participants that World Bank do not budget for programmes except request is made to the bank.
He directed LASEMA boss to ask his State Government to send request to the Bank