SGF Commissions NEMA Geo-Spatial Centre

The upgraded Geographical Information System laboratory of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), which has been renamed as NEMA Geo-Spatial Centre was today commissioned by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Sen George Akume.

According to a statement on Wednesday, 28th February 2024 signed by the NEMA Head of Press Unit, Manzo Ezekiel, said that speaking at the occasion in Abuja, Sen Akume said upgrading the laboratory was another giant step in the effort by the Federal Government to improve the quality of lives in Nigeria.

He said “The world is presently confronted by increasing global upsurge in magnitude and complexity of various disasters that have affected many countries as evidenced in draughts, floods, desertification, famine, and even communal crises arising from competition over land use and ownership. Unfortunately, Nigeria is not isolated from these.”

“This underscores the Federal Government’s commitment to disaster management, he added.

Sen Akume assured the support of the Federal Government to re-invigorate the public service to be more productive and responsive to the yearnings of the people. He added that “the President, His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR means well for this country and is committed to improving the lives and welfare of the citizens.”

The SGF commended NEMA for the success in establishing the geo-spatial Centre and urged the Agency and its partner Agencies to make the best use of the facility to further improve disaster management in the country.

The Director General NEMA Mustapha Habib Ahmed, in his speech, thanked the President and members of the Federal Executive Council for supporting the upgrading of the GIS facility to enhance the performance of the Agency in discharging its mandates.

He said “This is one of the groundbreaking achievements of the administration of His Excellency, President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR in the area of Information Technology and efforts to curtail adverse effects of natural hazards on the entire citizenry of Nigeria and their properties. This Centre is critical to learning and research for planning, prevention, preparedness and response to disasters. It will enable rebuilding back better in the aftermath of Disasters.”

Also speaking, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure Senator Mohammed Ogoshi Onaiwu commended NEMA for the success in establishing the Geo-Spatial Centre and assured that the Senate will provide support to enhance disaster management in Nigeria.

Speaking likewise, the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Hon Joseph Bassey also assured necessary support for NEMA and disaster management.

Other speakers at the occasion included the Surveyor General of the Federation Adebomehin Adeyemi, Director General Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency Engr Clem Nze, Head of UNOCHA in Nigeria Mr Trond Jensen and representative of Chairman of the National Population Commission Hon Nasir Isa Kwarra.