Monday, 20 October 2014

Terrorism: NEMA Takes Relief Materials To Chibok

The National Emer­gency Management Agency (NEMA) has again distributed relief materials to members of the Chibok community traumatized by activities of terrorists.

Speaking to newsmen, National Press Officer of NEMA, Ezekiel Manzo, who gave this indication during a media interaction organized by Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA) and I-Nigerian Initiative in Abuja last week, said the materials included mainly household items of food and non-food stuff along with some other essentials and building materials for temporary shelter.
According to Manzo, ef­forts to rebuild the community would only commence after government would have defeated the terrorists so that houses of citizens would no longer be destroyed.

He added that the Director General of the agency, Mohammed Sani-sidi, spearheaded the distribution of relief materials to critical communities to motivate other emergency officers to render support in crisis zones.
Manzo said NEMA has been effectively collaborating with military and security agencies in the fight against terrorism, stressing that this has culminated in officials of the agency promptly distributing relief materials to displaced and other traumatized persons in the troubled zone.

The agency has trained some Air Wing pilots and engineers on operation and maintenance of Bell 429 and Sovereign Citation Air Ambulance.

On major coordination and response activities of NEMA, the spokesperson said it successfully provided assistance to first line responders in the areas of logistics and manpower; assisted in the coordination and responses to road accidents, petrol tanker accidents, bomb blast incidences, collapsed buildings, post-election crises and victims of kerosene explosion.

NEMA also assisted in the coordination and recovery of victims of helicopter crash at Olaoluwa, Osun State, Dana and Associated air crashes in Lagos State while successfully evacuating distressed Nigerians from foreign countries, including Egypt, Libya, Cote d’ Ivoire and Tunisia, Central Africa Republic (CAR), Equitorial Guinea, Saudi Arabia.
“The agency’s ambulance scheme was established to pave way for the deployment of the Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICUs) to strategic locations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). These MIC­Us have also been deployed to the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“NEMA agency recently inaugurated its first ambulance bay in Abuja for prompt response during emergencies along Airport Road. The ambulance bay was designed in collaboration with the FCT while the same facilities would be extended to other parts of FCT,” Manzo said.

In addition to the agency providing medical assistance to evacuees, population affected by disasters, NYSC orientation camps, among others, NEMA also assisted in rescuing 28 men from MT Khalifa, which caught fire in Escravos based on distress information from Nigeria Mission Control Centre (NIMCC) and the rescue of four men from MV UTAI-6 after the ship ran aground and sank around the Port Harcourt area.

In its efforts to strengthen community resilience against disaster, the agency has created a new department of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and mainstreaming it into the basic and post-basic educational curriculum in Nigeria in collaboration with the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) by infusion of DRR and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR/CCA) into four core subjects.

To prevent a recurrence, the agency produced vulnerability maps for all the states affected during 2012 flood disaster caused by the release of water from Kainji and Lagdo Dams, which causes an overflow of the River Niger and Benue. It also carried out an impact assessment using GIS in Kogi, Nasarawa, Taraba, Edo, Adamawa, Imo, Anam­bra, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Jigawa, Kebbi, Niger, Rivers and Kwara states.

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