Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gambia wants Africa to prepare against disasters

Joshua Odeyemi in AllAfrica.com via the Daily Trust(Nigeria): The Gambian Vice President, Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy has urged African nations to be adequately prepared against disasters caused by drastic climate change and the increased rate of terrorism in the continent.
A statement released by the Head of Public Relations NEMA, Yushau Shuaib stated that the Vice President's remarks were made after a bilateral agreement between the Gambian National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) and Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on the area of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
She said "the key word in disaster management is preparedness and putting in place mechanisms to ward off and prevent disaster from wreaking havoc on humanity and their means of livelihood."
Dr. Isatou Saidy also described Nigeria has "a big brother in Africa which always supports sister countries towards socio-political development in the region."
The Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi who led the delegation from Nigeria, said "the partnership between NEMA and Gambia in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a beginning of South-South cooperation that include sharing of knowledge and ideas and provision of logistical supports for disaster management in the sub-region."...

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