Red Cross seeks partnership with NEMA on disaster management

By Diana Omueza

 

The Nigerian Red Cross Society, FCT Branch is seeking partnership with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on disaster management, effective response and mitigation in the FCT.

 

Mrs Victoria Ekanem, Team Lead, Nigerian Red Cross Society FCT Branch, sought for the partnership when she led her team on a courtesy visit to the NEMA Abuja Operations Office on Tuesday.

 

Ekanem said that the aim of the visit was to seek more collaboration with NEMA in the areas of flood prevention, mitigation and rapid emergency response timing.

 

“As the rainy season sets in, it is important to strengthen the synergy between both organisations so as to prepare ahead of any occurrence,” she said.

 

Ekanem, appreciated the agency for its support over the years, and added that the society would continue to render first aid among other services during disasters in the FCT and its environs.

 

On his part, Mr Justin Uwazuruonye, Head, Abuja Operations Office, NEMA, appreciated the team for the visit, stressing that it was timely and necessary.

 

He said that it was important to strengthen the collaboration of both agencies in order to achieve the goal of reducing the number of deaths, injuries and impacts of disasters.

 

According to him, disaster management is a serious business, of which all emergency responders must work in smooth synergy for the sake of the distressed.

 

He gave assurance of the agency’s commitment of operating an “open-door” policy where disaster management issues are of utmost importance.

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