Assembly, NASS, has assured the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA of its continued cooperation and support in tackling disaster issues in the country.
It said for the agency to really perform optimally, it required the total support and cooperation of all key stakeholders, including the legislature, because of the vital and critical nature of its assignment.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday in Enugu,the Deputy chairman, Federal House of Representative Committee on Disaster and Emergency Preparedness, Hon. Ali Isa also advocated adequate funding for NEMA.
Hon. Isa, representing Balanga/ Billiri federal constituency of Gombe State, said as part of measure to encourage workers of the agency for effective productivity, plans were afoot by the federal lawmakers, to consider payment of hazard allowance to them.
The National Assembly, is committed to supporting NEMA, and that is why, we are going to consider payment of hazard allowance to them, which has been eluding the workers”, he said.
The lawmaker, who led other members of his committee to Enugu on a one day over sight visit to NEMA South East zonal office, said the trip had afforded them the opportunity of identifying most of the challenges facing the establishment in the region.
Addressing the contractor handling the ongoing muti- million naira South- East zonal office at the project site earlier, the Deputy committee chairman, charged the firm, Peach Global Services, to endeavour to beat the 31st December, 2016 deadline for the handover, of the project as well as ensure that the job is done according to specification.
In his brief remarks, South East Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Ejike Martins Udeinya, stated that the visit by the lawmakers had rekindled their hope in the zone, adding that “this shows that NASS have us and the project at heart.”
He had earlier conducted the visitors round the organisation’s zonal office and relief materials warehouse.