The Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), Air Vice Marshal Muhammed Muhammed (rtd.) has challenged the management and staff of the agency to rise up to the responsibility of delivering effective and efficient services to its stakeholders.
Muhammed, who was recently appointed as head of the agency, said that the team members must see themselves as NEMA’s vision carriers and be determined to make sure that the purpose and mandate for which the agency was established were accomplished through efficient delivery of relief and emergency services to victims of disasters, wars and those in need of special protection and circumstances.
Speaking on Wednesday in Abuja during an interactive meeting with head of departments and management staff of the agency, as part of the rebranding, strategic planning and rolling out of the agency’s new road-map, the DG described NEMA as one of the key agencies of government from which a vast proportion of Nigerians at risk and distress were looking up to with great expections and hope. This situation, he said, has become more significant as the nation battled the global scourge of COVID-19 and terrorism.
Muhammed said: “The new nexus in NEMA will purely focus on achieving our mandate and objectives. We are now better positioned and determined to change the narratives. First, we must rekindle the confidence and hope of Nigerians and all stakeholders through improved public image and perception.
“Under my administration and henceforth, we would deepen our coordination and relationship with key government institutions, humanitarian actors, as well as the supervising ministry. We must see ourselves as partners, holding hands together, from the platforms to the fields of action. We must also bear in mind that, to achieve the great expectations and resolve, the welfare of staff must be on the front burner as a panacea for corporate governance, professionalism and efficiency with zero tolerance for leakages, indiscipline and corruption”.
A statement signed by NEMA Public Relations Officer, Ezekiel Manzo quoted the DG as further saying: ” Today we are mindful of the homoungous responsibility that the nation has placed on our shoulders. Thus, under the new management, NEMA has moved away from the old norm. We are now prepared to respond swiftly to every case of disaster and emergencies wherever it may occur across Nigeria within the shortest possible time.
“While we continue to pursue a vigorous awareness campaign to educate Nigerians on the need to reduce the risk of flooding and other disasters, we would rev up our operations in supporting the provision of basic needs for IDPs in catastrophic disasters, at thesame time not neglecting the need to provide mechanism for disaster reduction”.
AVM Mohammed’s appointment has been described by key actors in the agency as that of “a round peg in a round hole”. The Chairman of the Almagalmated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), NEMA branch Comrade Yinka Agaba said the coming of the new Director General is a step in the right direction.
“This is the first time in a long time that we are seeing the agency addressing the issue of awareness campaign as an education tool to reorientate Nigerians on the need to reduce the risks of flooding and other disasters. To me, this is the core of the issue and it will go a long way to assist our people in planning and anticipating the risk factors that fuelled most of the flooding that we experience in recent times”, Agaba stated.
The interractive meeting, which was attended by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Humanitarian Services, Arc. Musa Bagudu, was designed to drive the new wind of change driven by the new DG as part of the tactics to ensure that NEMA is repositioned to deliver on its goals and objectives.