As part of its sensitisation responsibility, the director general, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi, has called on the media to champion the creation of awareness among the people living in the disaster prone areas.
The DG, who made this call in an interview with journalist in Abuja, on the sideline of the 2016 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction in Abuja, said that there was need to create awareness on a sustainable basis around the communities that were faced with the risk of disaster in order to build resilience to mitigate it.
He argued that no one can stop natural disaster from happening, adding that it could only be mitigated as well as reducing its impact.
“I want the media to take the lead in creating the awareness among the communities on what to do when disasters happen. The celebration today is aimed at raising awareness for actions that we all need to take collectively to reduce mortality rate around the globe.
“You are aware that there are increasing numbers of mortality as a result of disaster because disaster can happen anywhere anytime but the issue is how do we safe lives?
“When the disasters happen, who lives to tell the story? We don’t want people to die as a result of disaster. We want people to live after disaster, not to die with the disaster.”