FCT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA) PRESS RELEASE ON 2020 INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (IDDR), 13th OCTOBER 2020
As the Federal Capital Territory joins the rest of the world to mark the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDR), with the theme – ‘’Disaster Risk Governance,’’ the Director General FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has re-assured residents of the Federal Capital Territory of the Agency’s commitment to ensuring a safe and disaster-free environment for all residents.
This year’s theme, according to the United Nations, ‘ is about conveying the message that many disasters can be avoided or prevented if there are disaster risk reduction strategies in place to manage and reduce existing levels of risk and to avoid the creation of new risk, which amounts to good disaster risk governance.’
In line with the IDDR 2020 theme, disaster risk reduction has been at the centre of the FCT’s disaster management’s strategy, hence, the Agency’s resource allocation has always been in favour of risk prevention and mitigation rather than relief and rehabilitation.
The Agency, is proud to state that from its inception in June 2013, it has been operating on a risk prevention strategy that is driven by synergy with various stakeholders.
This synergy is derived from a document produced by FEMA and its Stakeholders under the auspices of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in August 2013- the FCT Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP), which is reviewed annually to meet the challenges of current and emerging disasters in the Federal Capital Territory.
As part of its Disaster Risk Reduction strategy, the Agency has –
(i) Created a high level of awareness amongst the FCT residents on a number of emergency management issues, especially the need to avoid acts that increase the people’s vulnerability to disaster risk;
(ii) Created strong synergies amongst Stakeholders and Agencies involved in emergency prevention, mitigation and response activities in the FCT;
(iii) Actively involved itself in conflict management in FCT communities including mediation between cattle herders and Farmers;
(iv) Trained volunteers on fire prevention. 150 Volunteers were trained on fire prevention strategies;
(v) Established Volunteer / Disaster Vanguard at Schools and communities;
– 200 volunteers have been registered;
– 400 vanguards were registered in schools and communities;
– Volunteers render help during disaster;
– Vanguards in Schools disseminate information on disaster;
– Volunteers and Vanguards help in relief distribution;
(vi) Successfully carried out Hazard Mapping and Vulnerability Assessment of the Federal Capital Territory;
(vii) Continuous sensitization of communities across the Six (6) Area Councils on flood (and other risks) prevention, response and mitigation.
Therefore, in furtherance of the United Nation’s drive towards ‘’strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk,’’ the FCT Emergency Management Agency will continue to pursue risk reduction activities in line with its mandate, with emphasis on community participation in achieving greater results.
In realization of the above, the Agency is appealing to residents of the Federal Capital Territory to take personal and collective responsibility in ensuring safety by avoiding risk behaviours that increase the people’s vulnerability to disasters. These risk behaviours include-
1. Indiscriminate waste disposal, especially in drainages and rivers.
2. Building on flood plains, river banks and drainage lines.
3. Building under high tension electric lines
4. Violation of FCT Planning laws in housing construction and other structural developments.
5. Neglect of civic responsibility in clearing of drainages for free flow of water and other aspects of environmental sanitation.
6. Violation of Fire Codes in building construction.
The Agency greatly appreciates the support of the FCT Administration led by Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello, which made all our achievements in target areas of disaster risk reduction possible.
Finally, our appreciation also goes to FCT residents, all our Emergency Stakeholders, including the media, for helping in disseminating the Agency’s enlightenment programmes.
Abbas G. Idriss
Director General, FCT Emergency Management Agency- FEMA