Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Habib Ahmed, announced on Sunday that the agency is in a better position to respond in a well-coordinated and timely manner to complex emergencies in the country.

Ahmed provided assurance at the end of the Incident Command System and Emergency Coordination Center (ICS/ECC) training, facilitated by the United States of America Forest Service (USFS) with support from USAID for NEMA and State Emergency Management personnel agencies.

He said: “The series of training programs by the Forest Service of the United States of America, as coordinated by USAID, has undoubtedly raised NEMA’s expectations of deploying the Incident Command System for effective disaster response in Nigeria.

“I dare say that we are now in a better position to respond in a well-coordinated and timely manner to complex emergencies to save lives and enable rapid recovery.

“The ICS will also enable us to deploy and use our human and material resources more efficiently during sudden emergencies.”

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While he appreciated the training facilitators, he said the long-standing partnership between Nigeria and the US has continued to deliver positive effects as he praised the US embassy staff for directing the partnership.

He congratulated the participants on the successful completion of the training and urged them to use the acquired knowledge to improve disaster management and benefit everyone.

In his comment, the lead facilitator, Mr. Scott Dehnisch of the USFS, said the training modules have been developed to meet specific expectations to further enhance capabilities for efficient coordination and use of resources in disaster management.

He also expressed confidence in the continued existence of the renewed partnership between NEMA and USFS.

For his part, NEMA’s Director of Human Resource Management, Malam Musa Zakari, confirmed that the training was very intensive, covering critical aspects of command and use of resources in managing complex incidents and situations.

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