The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have partnered to establish a national disaster database for Nigeria.
The organizations disclosed this at a two-day workshop on “creating a National Disaster Database and Risk Information Management for Sustainable and Risk-informed Development in Nigeria”, in Abuja.
The workshop, in the context of the “Sahel Resilience Project” of UNDP, was attended by stakeholders from MDAs, State Emergency Management Agencies, FRSC, and academia, among others.
The Director General of NEMA, Mr. Mustapha Ahmed, said the project covers seven countries in the Sahel Region of West Africa, namely Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
He described the project as a multipartnership scheme implemented by UNDP, in collaboration with the African Union Commission, ECOWAS, UN Women, the Lake Chad Basin Commission and other regional organizations .
Ahmed said that the project was financed under the sole assistance of the Swedish Government.
According to him, the choice of the region is very fair, considering the worrying physical and human development index in the area.
He added that the region, which had continued to suffer from drought as a major risk factor, was also faced with the continued deterioration of livelihoods and food security.
The director general added that the situation required concerted efforts and collective disaster management to ensure that no one was left behind, and therefore, the data was important.
“It is necessary to emphasize that disaster risk management in the contemporary period is anchored on preparation, mitigation, risk reduction and adaptation.
“This cannot be accomplished without the full implementation of quantitative and qualitative data for informed decision-making, planning and program implementation on disaster risk.
“I commend the UNDP for this laudable workshop on disaster database creation for risk informed sustainable development in Nigeria,” he said.
Also speaking, the Project Manager, Sahel Resilience Project, UNDP, Ms. Reshmi Theckthil, added that one of the main aspects for effective disaster management was the availability of data.
He added that investing in good, accurate and accessible data will help different communities develop disaster resilience in the country.
The project leader also asked the government to develop and implement policies that make the data created useful in the country.