Mustapha Maihaja, the director general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has disclosed that the agency is currently reviewing the National Contingency Plan (NCP) as part of its effort to tackle issues of climate change and complex emergencies.

Maihaja, who was represented by Kayode Fagbemi, Director of Planning, Research and Forecasting, stated this a national workshop on the review of NCP held in Enugu on Wednesday.

He stressed the need to update the NPC plan in order to reflect the current realities on ground, noting, “In view of the current realities of increases in environmental disasters, complex emergencies and the phenomenon of climate change and going by the dynamic changes that have occurred in the risk profile of the country, you will agree with me that the time is ripe to update the NPC plan for the country”.

Maihaja said, “We have adopted a multi-hazard model with a focus on hazards with the highest probability of occurrence and severity in Nigeria in the development of the NCP plan.

“Thus, my expectation is that we review the risks we face and develop a contingency plan that can be activated and operationalise in the event of any humanitarian crisis that might occur.’’

He commended all the sectors and sector leads for their contributions during the several meetings to produce the zero draft of the update.

He said, “I also thank our partners, the United Nations system in Nigeria, especially the UNICEF for your support over the years in capacity building and technical support to the Agency (NEMA),’’ he added.

In his remarks, Nicki Bennett, UNICEF Chief of Emergencies, said that UNICEF had been in the forefront assisting Federal Government achieve its emergency targets and plans as well as help in direct intervention at times.

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