The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani Sidi has lamented that responding to the current humanitarian challenges in Northeast Nigeria was one of the major challenges of the agency in 2016.
NEMA’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Sani Datti said Sani Sidi disclosed this at the annual retreat organized for Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness in Jos Plateau State at the weekend.
He quoted him as saying “this year has been challenging just like last year, we have been occupied responding to the issues in North east and North west, particularly Zamfara State.
“Insurgency is new to us as a people and as a country, managing its consequence will certainly be new to us, but we are learning and I want to assure you that we are learning fast as an agency and as a country.”
According to Datti, the Chairman of the committee, represented by the Vice Chairman, Hon. Ali Isa (JC) in his remarks, commeded the agency for making judicious use of the little resources it received, adding that it had been very effective in handling most of emergency cases in the country.
Isa promised that the committee will look at the Act of the agency with a view to enhance and improve the functions of the agency.