National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has established operation office in Owerri, Imo State capital, to provide timely response to disaster management within its area of coverage.
A press statement signed by the agency’s senior information officer, Mr. Sani Datti, said the director general, Muhammad Sani Sidi, also urged the state governments to always give support to their own state emergency management agencies to be fully operational while local governments are encouraged to also form their emergency management committees.
He noted that states were encouraged to develop their coordinating systems in line with the national coordination mechanism, as this would reduce cost and shorten response time.
The director general, who was represented by the director, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr Eugene Eze, explained that the Owerri operation office was saddled with the responsibility of disaster management in Imo and Abia States and also coordinate the activities of government and non-governmental organisations that were involved in disaster management in the states.
Owerri operation office, which was carved out of South-East zonal office in Enugu state, is headed by Dr. Innocent Ezeaku.
The director general noted that with the creation of Owerri operation office, the agency now had six operations and six zonal offices across the country.
Representing the Imo state governor, the executive secretary, Imo State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mrs Ezeonyeasi Uche stated that before now, NEMA South-East zonal office in Enugu was the closest point of contact for emergency responses but that the presence of Imo operation office is a blessing to the state.
In attendance at the commissioning were all stakeholders in the sector, including the Red Cross, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigerian Civil Defence Corps, and Ministry of Information.

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