The Nigerian government has hinted at its plan to establish an integrated disaster database and risk information management system as a key measure for effective disaster risk reduction in the country.
Mustapha Ahmed, the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), highlighted this need during a technical workshop on the United Nations Risk Reduction Monitoring and Reporting of the Sendai Framework 2015–2030.
Ahmed emphasized that the proposed integrated disaster database would serve to enhance existing capacities across various ministries, departments, and agencies, providing a comprehensive approach to disaster risk management.
The workshop focused on the monitoring and reporting aspects of disaster events, which are critical components of the implementation of the Sendai Framework.
The Director-General urged disaster risk managers to work collaboratively towards building a resilient nation where disasters are viewed as challenges that can be overcome, leading to opportunities for growth and development.
Recognizing that the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians are closely tied to the effectiveness of disaster risk reduction measures, Ahmed stressed the importance of translating knowledge into action for enhanced risk management.
”The establishment of an integrated database is expected to play a crucial role in improving coordination, response, and overall resilience against natural and man-made disasters,” he added.