As part of the activities to mark the 2016 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), the Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi, has said that the agency is committed to enhancing its efforts towards reducing mortality through appropriate risk reduction measures.
The DG, who stated this at the 2016 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction with the theme, “Live to Tell” in Abuja, on Thursday, said that combination of natural hazards and vulnerability posed a constant threat to both lives and livelihood, adding that the world was witnessing a rapidly increasing impact of disasters.
Sidi further stated that disasters had had unacceptable impacts in mortality indices, adding that disaster risks had kept increasing in the African region with magnified intensity by high level of vulnerability; adding that the threat from natural disasters was urgent and needed immediate concert attention.
According to him, “our response to this challenge will ensure the protection and well being of our future generation by building resilience on a sustainable platform.
“Every single day, Nigeria loses thousands of under-five year olds and hundreds of women of childbearing.
“This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under-five and maternal mortality rate in the world. It is therefore pertinent that concerted efforts need to be taken by all to drastically reduce mortality rate in Nigeria.”
The NEMA Boss also stated that disaster risk reduction needed to be all inclusive in all activities with adequate budgetary allocation.
While giving his goodwill, the director-general, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA),
said that the United Nations had disclosed that women and children worldwide were up to 14 times more likely to die in disaster than men.
According to him, “floods are ravaging many communities and have striped people of their livelihood while the fear of the earth tremor is looming in the central part of the country.
“Therefore, there is need for concerted effort by the civil society and the private sector to partner with the government in elevating people’s exposure on the risk of natural disasters.”