Urges stakeholders to help reduce environmental degradation

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called on stakeholders to invest in disaster management and mitigation as part of their social responsibility commitments.

Muhammad Sani-Sidi, the Director General of the agency, while speaking at a workshop on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Accounting, Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation’ held in Enugu, explained that such a step by the stakeholders would help to reduce environmental degradation.

Sani-Sidi, who was represented by a deputy director of the agency,  Adekunle Alashe, said that the involvement of stakeholders, especially from the private sector, would help reduce disaster to the barest minimum.

In his paper, Prince Nwakanma, a lecturer in the Department of Finance and Banking from the University of Port-Harcourt, emphasised the role of an accountant in disaster management.

Nwakanma said that an accountant in the agency would help optimise the use of available resources through shared contributions.

On his part, the South East Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Dr. Bandele Onimode, said the workshop was to enumerate the responsibility of both individuals and corporate bodies in disaster management.

He said the workshop would enhance integration of well meaning Nigerians, sensitise them on what to do when disaster occurs in order to alleviate the suffering of the people.

 A representative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Maureen Ugwu, said the workshop further educated them on how to approach disasters.

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