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Federal Government increases National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) offices, reshuffles directors
Director-General, NEMA, Mr. Sani Sidi
The Federal Government has opened two additional operations offices in Sokoto and Ado Ekiti for the National Emergency Management Agency in its bid to strengthen disaster management in the country.The government has also redeployed three directors of the agency across various departments.
A statement from NEMA on Wednesday, stated that the new Sokoto Operation office was created from the North West zone of Kaduna and would cover Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States.
“The Ado Ekiti Operation Office is created from the South West zone Lagos to cover Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States. This brings to a total of five operation offices including those located in Abuja, Gombe and Minna, and six zonal offices which are in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Jos and Enugu respectively,” it said.
On the redeployments, it stated that the Director of Administration and Supplies, Dr. Zanna Muhammad was redeployed to head the Department of Planning Research and Forecasting.
It also approved the appointment of Mallam Muhammad Shuaibu Tukur as the acting Director of Administration and Supplies and Mallam Alhassan Nuhu as the acting Director of Disaster Risk Reduction.
The statement added, “Further staff movement include the redeployment of the South South Zonal Coordinator Mr. Emenike Umesi from Port Harcourt to the head office in Abuja as the Deputy Director Planning Research and Forecasting, while the South East Zonal Coordinator Dr. Onimode Bandele moves from Enugu to the South South Zone.
“The new Zonal Coordinator for the South East is Mr. James Major Eze and head of the Ado Ekiti Operation Office is Mr. Akiode Saheed Olakunle. The Sokoto Operation Office is headed by Mallam Sa’ad Bello.”
Director-General, NEMA, Mr. Sani Sidi, said the staff redeployment was with immediate effect and aimed at repositioning the agency for greater service delivery.
He said the creation of the additional operations office would help in stepping down disaster management by bringing NEMA closer to the states and local governments as well as to other stakeholders at the grassroots.