UNDP urges govt to boost NEMA’s efficiency 

UNDP Flag , PHOTO: devex.com

UNDP Flag , PHOTO: devex.com

To nib in the bud cases of disasters in the country, the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) has asked the Federal Government to enhance the operations of her National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

UNDP made the call last week in Abuja while unveiling some guidelines aimed at boosting NEMA’s role in Nigeria.

The guidelines were contained in the UNDP Guide and Programme Manual Climate Risk Management Capacity Development submitted to NEMA, ministries and agencies, MDAs in Abuja.

According to the proposed guidelines contained in UNDP’s report, managing the risk of disasters was aimed at protecting persons and their property, health, livelihoods and productive, cultural and environmental assets, while at the same time protecting all human rights and right to development.

“A gender, age, disability and cultural perspective should be integrated in all policies and practices; women and youth leaders should be encouraged in this context. Special attention should be paid to improvement of organized voluntary work of citizens.”

However, it calls on the federal government to support NEMA to strengthen its capacity to promote, coordinate and participate in preparedness, mitigation and responses to threats, crisis and changes that would occur.

“Disaster risk reduction and management depends on coordination mechanisms within and across sectors and with relevant stakeholders as well as articulation of responsibilities to public and private to ensure mutual outreach.”

According to the report, implementation of relevant policies, plans, practices and mechanisms needed should be coherent as appropriate, across sustainable development and growth, food security, health and safety, climate change and variability.

Specifically, it is about the willingness and ability of the public institutions to put in place systems and mechanisms to engage citizens, groups to capture and utilize their feedback, the capabilities of later to make use of such platforms.

“The vulnerability reduction and risk mitigation measures that will be carried out in the different inputs and the lessons, experience and processes from this initiative will be documented, shared and subsequently, be advocated the replication by relevant ministries.

Efforts will be also be geared towards institutionizing and mainstreaming of the initiative in to NEMA’s Strategic plan and integrated in both national and local disaster risk management plans.

“Learning from the programme will feed into the national capacity building schemes of the government; and the global knowledge base on disaster response and recovery.”

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