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Senate Special Duties Committee Visits NEMA

The Senate Committee on Special Duties has advocated for more support to strengthen the capacity and operations of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to manage the increasing spate of disasters in the country.

According to a press release on Sunday, 28th August 2022 signed by the NEMA Head of Press Unit, Manzo Ezekiel, he said that Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yusuf A. Yusuf who led the members on an oversight visit to NEMA headquarters in Abuja said the increasing incidents and complexity of disasters necessitate efficient response that could only be achieved with proper investment in disaster management.

He explained that the visit was to appraise budget implementation by NEMA. He then commended the management under the leadership of Director General Mustapha Habib Ahmed for being prudent with funds in the management of the disasters in the country.

Also speaking, a member of the committee Senator Ishaku Abbo observed that disasters were inevitable, therefore efforts must be geared towards early preparations with proper funding and equipment for proactive response to save lives and property.

R-L Chairman Senate Committee on Special Duties Senator Yusuf A Yusuf, Director General National Emergency Management Agency Mustapha Habib Ahmed, and Senator Degi Eremienyo during the visit of the Senate Committee on oversight to NEMA headquarters in Abuja

Another member of the Committee Senator Adenigba Fadahunsi said NEMA should be supported to engage more in rehabilitation after initial relief interventions in the aftermath of disasters.

In his remark, Senator Degi Eremienyo who is also a member of the committee commended NEMA management for the successful resumption of Air Ambulance Services with complete maintenance of the Agency’s aircraft and meeting civil aviation requirements.

Responding, the Director General NEMA Mustapha Habib Ahmed appreciated the committee for the oversight visit. He said the Agency has continued to receive tremendous support and attention from President Muhammadu Buhari in the delivery of its mandates.

He said the NEMA Air Ambulance was fully back to serve the nation, adding that the Agency was working on strengthening collaboration with the State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) to further improve disaster management.

The Senate Committee, after meeting with the management also visited NEMA headquarters where they were briefed on some equipment at the premises and ongoing maintenance/renovation of the structures.

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