Federal Government has been urged to adopt a holistic approach to tackling insecurity in the country by strengthening national emergency service providers such as the fire service, the ambulance service, the police and hospitals.
Zonal coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mr. Slaku Lugard Bijimi gave the advice while delivering a public lecture at the University of Ilorin to mark the 2015 International Peace Day.
At the lecture which was organised by the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, CPSS, University of Ilorin and entitled ‘Security, Disaster Management and the Academic Environment,’ the NEMA boss said that efforts at ensuring peace in the country were being frustrated by the growing domestic terrorism.
He added that such could also include “the fragile peace in the Niger Delta and the north, as well as the current challenges presented by the global threat to the environment.
“One of the major threats to internal security in Nigeria is the current asymmetric war by Boko Haram religious extremists against the nation.
“Other threats include the militancy in the South-South, South-East kidnappings for ransom, the violent sectarian conflict in Jos, and the cult activities in Nigerian universities,” adding that “these threats, together with the issues of poor policing, represent a formidable challenge and threat to the Federal Government’s efforts at nation building.”
The NEMA zonal coordinator implored the government to ensure adequate funding of disaster management activities while streamlining disaster management into developmental strategies and factoring disaster risk reduction into project planning.
Mr. Bijimi therefore called for functional and well-equipped State Emergency Management Agencies, SEMAs, and enhancement of inter-agencies collaborations and synergy, adding that technical manpower capacity development should be given priority attention.

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