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Outgoing NEMA DG hands over air ambulance

The outgoing Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (retd.), has handed over the Agency’s Air Ambulance to the new DG, Ahmed Mustapha Habib, and also thanked the staff and management for their total support during his tenure.

The Air Ambulance had undergone extensive repairs and now operational.

In his valedictory note, AVM Muhammed (retd.) said: “I forever cherish the moments we shared, working 24/7 to bring succour to the distressed.  For sure, it will be strange feeling to wake up and realise no long meetings, through the nights and weekends, but I will quickly adjust and make good use of what I learned here.”

According to the outgoing DG, “The year 2020 was a very significant year as the world was ravaged by the novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This led to a complete global lockdown of activities.

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Notwithstanding all these challenges, he explained that NEMA “collaborated with research institutions (Centres for Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies CDRM&DS) and partnered with Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), to carry out public awareness campaigns against the spread of COVID-19.”

A fortnight ago, NEMA inducted comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction equipment for search and rescue donated by the Japanese Government. These include nine units of rescue vehicles with rescue equipment, four units of mobile water purifier systems with vehicles.

NEMA staffs have been trained on the usage of these specialised vehicles by experts from Toyota Tsusho Corporation of Japan. The mobile water purifier systems were duly deployed during recent flood disasters for provision of drinking water to Internally Displaced Persons.

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