Zambia seeks Nigeria’s collaboration on disaster management
NEMA’s head of Media and Public Relations, Sani Datti, in a statement noted that the High Commissioner made the request in Abuja during a visit to the Director-General of NEMA, Engr Mustapha Maihaja. Dr. Jere said he was impressed by the outstanding performance of NEMA in the discharge of its mandates; hence the desire for the collaboration.
According to him, “Your Agency is well organized. In Zambia, we also have a department for the management of disasters under the office of the Vice President. But I am here to seek a collaboration that would be beneficial to both countries.”
The High Commissioner, who went down the memory lane in appraising the major roles played by Nigeria in support of the struggle for independence of many African countries, noted that it was still being held in high esteem and being looked up for supports when any need arises such as in the areas of disaster management.
He explained that the desire for the collaboration with NEMA had been necessitated by his believe that “it is always better to prepare ahead;” adding that, the High Commission had opened a channel of communication with NEMA on disaster management. “We have created a space for Nigeria in Zambia, and I am inviting your high level visit to build up the friendship,” the High Commissioner said.
In his remarks, NEMA’s D-G, Engr. Maihaja, appreciated the desire for the collaboration but said the proper process would be followed towards the relationship; noting that his agency and the high commission would work out the appropriate modality for the collaboration.