Former Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ima Niboro, has lauded the leadership of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) over its timely intervention and handling of the current floods and other disaster incidents in the country in recent times.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja after a visit to some flood impacted areas, the former presidential spokesman said the current leadership of NEMA has lived up to its responsibility and that finally, the nation can boast of a disaster management structure worth its name.
According to him, “Despite the unfortunate floods and other disasters in the country lately, NEMA has risen to the occasion each time and we must commend its leadership for timely initiatives.”
“The leadership of NEMA has provided the needed succour that is required at the most critical time. We should encourage agencies like this so that we can bring about the required change in our country,” he added.
Niboro also hailed the Delta and Bayelsa state governments for their swift and robust response to the flood disaster in their respective states. “Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s vigorous response to the floods in the state was heartwarming indeed. He proved himself as a truly compassionate leader. The same must be said of Governor Seriake Dickson”, he said.
The ex presidential spokesman praised other emergency support organisations such as the police force, the army, medical services, water and fire services as well as other relevant public and private agencies for assisting impacted persons during recent disasters.
While extolling the Jonathan-led Federal Government for its support to victims of flooding and related disasters, Niboro called for increased support from the federal government for NEMA and sister agencies to enable them function optimally.
He also enjoined Nigerians to remain their brothers keeper in times of distress, expressing optimism that Nigeria will overcome its numerous challenges because “in every Nigerian is a dogged spirit that never gives up,” he said.
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