In a move to fast track rapid response to natural disaster, the Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mohammed Sani-Sidi, has called on the 36 state governments across the country to establish State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMA).
The director general, who made the call in a chat with newsmen, said the establishment of SEMA would help states to respond to issues before the intervention of the federal agency.
He said that the mandates of the agency, is to liaise with states on reduction of disasters in the country.
“We also collate data from relevant agencies, so as to enhance forecasting, planning and field operation of disaster management.
“We co-ordinate and facilitate the provision of necessary resource for search and rescue and other forms of disaster curtailment activities,’’ he said.