NEMA Pledges Premium Attention For Vulnerable Groups –

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said that it would go on with responding to disasters by providing adequate assistance to vulnerable groups, women, children, the elderly and people living with disabilities (PWDs) in the country.

NEMA Director General, Mustapha Ahmed disclosed this in Abuja during the 2023 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Ahmed made it clear that the special care for the vulnerable groups was in line with the theme for this year, which is “Fighting Inequalities for a Resilient Future”.

According to him, Gender, Vulnerable Group Care, Food and Nutrition Units as well as a full fledged Department of Disaster Risk Reduction were created to serve the special groups.

He said unequal access to services, income inequality, unequal opportunities and discrimination, non adoption of fiscal policies that promote equality have exposed majority of global population, especially women, children, the elderly and people living with disabilities to disaster risk.

He, however, called for concerted efforts and awareness Creation to curb the distractive powers of both natural and human induced disasters through careful planning to reduce people’s exposure and vulnerability to harm.

He also called on the state governments to establish and fund State Emergency Management Agencies and Local Emergency Management Committees in the states and local government areas, for a more result oriented disaster management.

On his part, the Director, Disaster Risk Reduction in NEMA, Dr. Daniel Obot sought a good working relationship among the respective stakeholders to achieve a resilient society and fast track the realization of the 2030 target of the Sendai framework and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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