By TONY NYONG
UYO— Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, has called on National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to devise modern ways of minimizing tragic incidents to reduce the high rate of deaths in the country.
Akpabio gave the charge, yesterday, at the 2nd South-South Emergency Management Summit, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Present at the summit were the Senate Committee Chairman on Special Duties, Senator Clever Sekibo, accompanied by the Director-General of NEMA, Mr. Mohammed Sannisidi. He stressed the need for the agency to be serious in responding to such tragedies as road accidents and bomb blasts.
He said: “We want to see a country where there is serious response to tragedy because one may not know who is involved. If NEMA does not respond with love, hard work and dedication, their staff may, through delay, be causing the death of their siblings. Disaster management must be everybody’s business.
“It is important that while they discuss at the summit, they should also discuss the aspect of love because that is one of the most important things that is lacking in Nigeria. Outside approaching your work with passion, you must love your job and the people because if you don’t love them, even the way you carry the victims can lead to their death.
“Love can help prevent major disasters in the country. If Nigerians love one another, they would not go about planting bombs in churches to kill hundreds of people. There is need to bring back morality in our educational system where every child will be educated to know that there is one God, no matter the religion, reverence him, love and be tolerant with one another.”
Director-General of NEMA, Mr. Sannisidi, thanked the governor for collaborating with the agency to organise the workshop for the South-South Zone, describing disaster as destructive and capital intensive in nature.