The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has partnered the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) and Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) to downscale early warning flood alerts to the 36 states and the FCT.
A statement by the Head of Press Unit at NEMA, Manzo Ezekiel, said the Federal Government has also set up a committee to develop comprehensive action plan on flood prevention following the 2022 flooding.
According to the statement, Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed, stated this during a mid-term review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015 – 2030, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
He said the inclusive approach was in tandem with the 2022 declaration of the UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutterres, who said every person on earth should be protected using early warning systems.
“In line with target G of the SFDRR on delivering early warning to all Nigerians, NEMA, in collaboration with the Nigerian National Space Development Agency (NASDA), is working to increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems, as well as disaster risk information in an inclusive manner through both conventional and non-conventional communications channels, including the social media,” he said.
The director-general also explained how the country had made appreciable efforts at actualising the four priorities and seven targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.