Natural Disaster: Nigeria Set to Implement Sahel Resilience Project

From Okwe Obi, Abuja

The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Habib Ahmed, has assured the international community of Nigeria’s commitment to updating the Sahel Resilience Project, to respond to natural disasters.

Ahmed made the commitment yesterday when a joint mission on the Sahel Resilience Project from the Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the project implementation team from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Nigeria, visited him in Abuja.

In a statement from the Head of Media and Public Relations, Manzo Ezekiel, the Chief Executive said: “In parallel with the Federal Government’s program to build disaster risk resilience and improve the livelihoods of Nigerians under the presidency of Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.

“The Sahel region, with its distinctive fragile ecosystem and its economy driven by extreme weather conditions, poverty, insecurity, political unrest, terrorism and climate change phenomena will undoubtedly derive immense benefits from this intervention project.

“Additionally, regional development as envisioned in the Sahel Resilience Project will surely engender global positive impacts in Nigeria and also permeate the entire Sahelian states of West Africa.

“It bears in mind that even under normal circumstances, Nigeria serves as a center of gravity for commerce, industry, immigration and the exchange of goods and services for the entire sub-region of West Africa,” he said.

He commended the Swedish government for being the sole sponsor of the project which is expected to strengthen disaster risk reduction and build resilience in the greater Sahel region and Nigeria in particular.

Team leader Annar Tjarvar, who is also an adviser and program manager, environment, climate change and renewable energy at the Swedish embassy in Addis Ababa, said the visit was part of efforts to promote the implementation cross-border implementation of resilience in the Sahel. Project.

Tjarvar further said that the visit aimed to engage relevant stakeholders on disaster risk reduction implementation strategies, climate change adaptation as well as the progress made on the SENDAI Monitor framework and the policy of implementation in Nigeria.