Disaster Reduction: Federal lawmaker charges govt. to evolve effective strategies

Rep. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe (APC-Oluyole) has urged government at all levels to evolve new strategies towards disaster risk reduction in the country.

Akande-Sadipe, who spoke on the backdrop of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction celebrated worldwide on Oct. 13,urged government to develop short term and long term action plans to achieve results.
This is contained in a statement issued by her media aide, Olamilekan Olusada, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction was established in 1989 after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk–awareness and disaster reduction strategies.

Akande-Sadipe, who is the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, said that government should adopt the 2015 United Nations’ strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction.

“I believe that in commemoration of this year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, there is urgent need to call on government agencies, private development partners and other relevant stakeholders.

“The call is necessary to encourage them to initiate actions and policy frameworks for strategic disaster risk reduction in Nigeria,” she said.

Akande-Sadipe stressed the need for the Federal Government to execute a concrete plan to reduce the unfavourable exposure of its citizens to disasters, while creating awareness about the importance of such risk management.

The lawmaker said that the COVID–19 pandemic, climate change emergencies, rampant petroleum related and market fires suggested the need for clear vision by MDAs of government.

She called for proper planning and empowerment of right institutions to act on related scientific evidences in the interest of the public.

“Laws establishing some strategic organs of government that should address disaster risk reduction at national and local levels, such organs as River Basin Authorities, Fire Service, Federal Inland Water Ways Authority, Local Government Markets Management Authorities have become moribund, thereby hindering new initiatives and public private partnership drives,” she said.

The lawmaker said that the development of the initiative was important to prevent loss of lives, social and economic upheaval as well as displacement of millions of people annually.

She further said that the celebration of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction called for more proactive steps by the Federal Government to end disasters in the country.

“This year’s celebration brings to focus the role of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) using risk reduction initiatives.

“Both NCDC and PTF used the risk reduction initiatives in the management of COVID–19 pandemic and protocol follow up strategies.

“This celebration is to ensure strategic funding and institutional action plans are evolved to avert and mitigate disaster risk in terms of reduced lives and economic losses.”

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