The United States of America has offered to assist Nigeria to improve its disaster management capabilities.
The US Bilateral Affairs Officer, US Embassy in Abuja, Major Chidi Adighije, said this in an interview with journalists at a one-day seminar on Disaster Response and Emergency Management, organised by the US Embassy in conjunction with the Ministry of Interior in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said the major objective of the seminar was to educate the Nigerian emergency agencies on how disaster management was done in the US and improve on strategies to meet the local situation.
Adighije said, “In the US, we have several agencies that are involved when it comes to disaster management and preparedness, which is quite similar to what Nigeria has; however, implementation might be different.
“If there are any gaps, we hope this seminar will bring that to light and we will see where we can facilitate in bridging those gaps.
“It’s the belief of the US Embassy and the Nigerian government that having experts in the same room, they will be able to figure that piece out.
“Ultimately, what everybody wants to see is that the agencies that are responsible for disaster can actually come to light and be productive in event of a disaster.”
Speaking on behalf of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Comm. Ahmed Saleh said disaster constituted a challenge to every government, stressing that it was important to know the best way to manage it.
“We want to know how best to manage disaster; that is why Nigeria invited the US to come and teach us how best to mitigate disaster in the country,” he said. Read more here
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