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FG to build a comprehensive disaster database

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By Okunloye Abiodun

This will help the country improve disaster response and preparedness.

During a technical workshop in Abuja in relation to the United Nations Risk Reduction Monitoring and Reporting of the Sendai framework 2015-2030, the Director-General of Nigeria National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Ahmed, emphasised the importance of establishing a comprehensive disaster database and risk information management system within the country to address obstacles related to coordination, communication, information sharing, and logical aspects across different government agencies. The Federal Government has recognised the significance of this initiative in overcoming challenges and improving disaster response and preparedness.

The collaboration between NEMA and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has resulted in the organisation of this workshop. The aim of this workshop, as mentioned by Ahmed, is to strengthen the existing databases and capabilities of various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies by creating a comprehensive disaster database. He urged disaster risk managers to actively work towards creating a country where disasters are transformed into challenges that can be overcome, leading to resilience, adaptability, progress, and advancement.

Disaster risk will be reduced while prioritising Nigerians’ well-being.

Ahmed emphasised the vital connection between the well-being of Nigerians and the effectiveness of disaster risk reduction to the stakeholders in turning their knowledge into tangible outcomes. He highlighted the crucial role of monitoring and reporting disaster events in successfully carrying out the objectives of the Sendai Framework, which is the main focus of the workshop. He believes that the adoption of the Sendai Framework in 2015 signifies a significant milestone in establishing a global strategy for reducing the risks associated with natural disasters.

Clement Nze, the Director-General of Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), emphasised the need for a thorough evaluation of Nigeria’s disaster risk data during the workshop. He specifically acknowledged the backing of the Sahel Resilience Project (SRP) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the ongoing initiative. Olivier Abayisenga, a UNDP representative, added that bringing various disaster management frameworks together is crucial. He emphasised the importance of interpreting the risk within the development planning process.

UNDP vows support for disaster-free year in collaboration with FG

He mentioned that various organisations and relief organisations have dedicated their efforts to forecasting and managing the risks associated with disasters. Furthermore, he pointed out that these risks have been consistently rising within the nation. Hence, this workshop serves as a valuable platform to initiate conversations regarding its seamless integration into the nationwide development planning process, he highlighted. Abayisenga further restated the UNDP’s unwavering assistance to the federal government in achieving a year without any disasters.

Nigeria is plagued by countless difficulties in handling emergencies, encompassing issues like inefficient synchronisation of emergency responses, inadequate provision of essential tools, poor maintenance of records and data, and absence of governmental commitments. The primary objective of the Sendai Framework revolves around implementing actions that tackle the three aspects of disaster risk: vulnerability and capacity, exposure to hazards, and the underlying characteristics of risks. These actions aim to prevent the emergence of fresh risks, diminish existing risks, and enhance overall resilience.

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Lastly, the NEMA plays a crucial role in disaster response and recovery. As mandated by the Establishment Act of 1999, NEMA serves as the primary coordinating agency for these activities. Its responsibilities encompass a diverse array of administrative, programmatic, and specialised tasks. The establishment of NEMA was driven by the intention of effectively managing and addressing disasters within the country. From its beginning, the agency has dedicated itself to addressing disaster-related issues. By implementing a thorough overhaul of the agency, they have successfully transformed it into a resilient and influential organisation.

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1 month ago

FG to build a comprehensive disaster database.This will help the country improve disaster response and preparedness.  – Express your point of view.

Adeoye Adegoke
1 month ago

Building a comprehensive disaster database is a crucial step towards improving disaster response and preparedness in the country. Having a centralized and up-to-date database will provide valuable information and insights that can help authorities make informed decisions during emergencies.
With a comprehensive disaster database, the government can better understand the patterns, trends, and impacts of different types of disasters. This knowledge can guide the development of effective strategies and policies to mitigate risks, enhance early warning systems, and allocate resources more efficiently.
Additionally, a well-maintained database can facilitate coordination and collaboration among different agencies and stakeholders involved in disaster management. It can help streamline communication, ensure timely assistance, and enable a more effective response in times of crisis.
By investing in this initiative, the government demonstrates its commitment to safeguarding the well-being of its citizens and building resilience against natural and man-made disasters. It’s a proactive approach that can make a significant difference in saving lives, protecting infrastructure, and minimizing the long-term impact of disasters.
I’m truly excited to see the positive impact that a comprehensive disaster database can have on disaster management in the country. It’s a step in the right direction towards a safer and more resilient future.

1 month ago

Our ability to identify the victims of these disasters will be facilitated by an extensive disaster database. Understanding our goals and how to assist them will also be helpful.FG will create a thorough catastrophe database. By doing this, the nation’s readiness and responsiveness to disasters will improve.

1 month ago

A vital first step in enhancing the nation’s readiness and response to disasters is the creation of an extensive disaster database. In times of crisis, authorities can make well-informed judgments and efficient resource allocation with the support of accurate and current information.By funding this project, the government shows that it is dedicated to ensuring the welfare of its people.

1 month ago

The government’s move to create a comprehensive disaster database is a positive step towards improving disaster response and preparedness. This collaboration with the UN reflects a commitment to address challenges in coordination and information sharing. It’s crucial for turning disasters into opportunities for resilience and progress. UNDP’s support adds optimism for achieving a disaster-free year.