By Laide Akinboade
National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said Tuesday, it had put machinery in place to help victims of the Christmas eve blasts in Jos with relief materials and drugs.
Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani-Sidi, who stated this in a statement, said the prompt response of agencies and volunteers ensured the reduction of casualties.
According to Sani-Sidi, “while the agency is not a full-fledged security outfit, it complements activities of response agencies with humanitarian and logistic supports to alleviate the suffering of victims of natural and man-induced disasters which it did in Jos by mobilising all its staff in the zone to report immediately to duty on Christmas holiday.”
The director general also commended the collaborative efforts of response agencies in tackling recent disasters in the country.
He noted that the timely intervention and perfect coordination of stakeholders had saved many lives of innocent citizens, while there was currently no displacement of victims.
He, however, regretted that the country was yet to have a national contingency plan for proper coordination of emergency management.