National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has embarked on an assessment visit to Disaster Response Units of the Military Formations in Kwara State.
Speaking at the at the 222 Battalion, Army Barrack in Sobi and 303 Medium Airlift Group in Ilorin, NEMA Director General, Mustapha Maihaja said the assessment tour became necessary following the recent red alert in the country over rising water level required such collaborations.
Represented by the Director, Search and Rescue Unit of the Agency, Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu, General Maihaja explained that the visit was also in line with the NEMA’s vision to restructure, reposition and reorganize the agency.
According to him stakeholders will be mainstreamed to form synergy and give way for prevention and management of disasters.
General Maihaja identified the Military as a critical stakeholder in disaster management noting that the Defence Headquarters in collaboration with NEMA has raised six teams who will visit all military formations across the country to proffer solutions on disasters management.
Our Correspondent reports that Major General Gabriel Okoye of 222 Battalion, Sobi, and Commander Patrick Obaye of 303 Medium Airlift Group, Ilorin called for more supports in terms of logistics and finances to their bases to enable them prevent and manage disaster from Kwara and neighbouring kogi state.