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New NEMA DG Pledges Faster Crisis-Response In N/East

NEMA DG Mustapha Maihaja
NEMA DG Mustapha Maihaja

The new Director General of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja has promised that the agency will continue to adhere to its mandate of swiftly responding to humanitarian needs in the country.

This was made known in a statement issued by the agency’s head of media relations, Sani Datti.

Datti quoted the new DG as saying this during an interactive meeting with humanitarian stakeholders in Maiduguri, Borno State, adding that NEMA will improve in its responsibility of coordinating relief activities in events of disaster or humanitarian crises.

“As you are all our aware NEMA has a primary responsibility of responding to emergencies which often occur as result of natural and human induced disasters,” he said.

“It is also charged with the responsibility of coordinating humanitarian crisis in the country.

“North East, Borno State in particular, is worst affected by the serious and devastating crisis of Boko Haram insurgency.”

He promised that the NEMA would continue to provide all the necessary supports for the improvement and rehabilitation of displaced persons in the northeast in line with its responsibility for emergency response.

“We have just gathered information with regard to our short-comings and I intend to sit down with experts to look at them with the view to solve the problems; we will contact international organizations to convince them to see how they could increase their supports as well as advising Federal Government appropriately,” the DG said.

The United Nations’ Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator to Nigeria, Peter Lundberg told the DG that there were 75 partners working in the Northeast including UN organizations, as well as International and Local Non-Governmental Organizations, NGOs.

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