DG NEMA Defends Agency’s 2024 Budget Proposal

The Director General National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Habib Ahmed today defended the Agency’s 2024 Budget Proposal before the National Assembly during a joint sitting of the Senate Committee on Special Duties and House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness.

The DG NEMA, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, in defending the 2024 proposed budget estimates also presented the 2023 budget performance to the joint committee and highlighted the enormity of challenges, progress made and supports required to entrench efficient disaster management in the country.

Responding, the Committee members commended the Director General of NEMA and the management for being prudent in resource utilization and timely response to disaster management in the country. Moreover, the Federal legislators also identified the need for increased funding, provision of operational facilities and equipment as well as other basic support required to strengthen the capacity of the Agency to properly manage disasters and emergencies.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Special Duties Senator Kaka Shehu Lawan, who presided over the joint sitting described NEMA as an important Agency that should not be taken for granted, as he commended the Director General Mustapha Habib Ahmed for leading a diligent management of the mechanism.

In a similar remark, the Chairman of the House of Representatives on Emergency and Disaster Management Hon Joseph Bassey observed that the NEMA needed more funding to step up proactive disaster measures.

Members of the National Assembly that were present during the joint sitting consisted of Senators and House of Representatives members of the committees that are saddled with oversight functions over NEMA.