NEMA, NUJ Kaduna Partners on Effective Disaster Management
By ALEX UANGBAOJE
As part of effort to effectively manage disaster in Nigeria, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has said that disaster management is the responsibility of all Nigerian saying that there is need for everyone to be involved in effective disaster control.
Coordinator, North-West Zonal Office, NEMA, Musa Ilalla, stated this when he received the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) executives in his office in Kaduna on Thursday.
According to him, promoting disaster management and mitigation is a task that requires all critical stakeholders and the media is a veritable one in that aspect.
Ilalla explained that NEMA North West Zone has enjoyed very good relationship, support and partnership with the media in Kaduna.
He said, the only tool that can help the agency achieve it aims is
the media. Adding “We have use this opportunity severally for propagating what is relevant.”
The coordinator, reinstated his commitment to continue to cooperate with all stakeholders in the disaster sector including the media which he said is vital in awareness creation and promotion of the agency’s activities across the zone.
He disclosed that media practioners in the past has aided NEMA with useful advice which has helped the agency in it successes in saving life and property.
Responding, Chairman NUJ, Kaduna Council, Garba Muhammed Commended the NEMA coordinator for his prompt response to issues of emergencies in the zone.
He added that the partnership between the NUJ and NEMA is apt and timely as the union is gradually succeeding in winning the fight against quackery.
“60% of Kaduna Journalists are now professionals. When we came onboard we engage in sanitizing the system. We have an institution the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) were we encourage our members to enroll for effective reporting.” Garba said.