The Emergency Crisis, Disaster Safety, Environmental and Risk Management Institute (ECRMI) has sought the approval of the National Assembly to help enact a law to give legal backing to the institute.
Dr. Chuke Akawo, the Director-General of ECRMI, said this when he led a delegation to the Chairman of House Committee on Disaster Management and Preparedness, Hon. Tunji Olawuyi on Tuesday in Abuja.
Akawo said that the institute would need the support of the House Committee to help sponsor a bill that would give it a legal backing to help on advocacy over preparedness and disaster management in the country.
“The issue of legal backing is very important as far as the institute is concerned so that we can have the full freedom to operate in the country.
“As an institute, we have made impact as far as disaster management is concerned, this is why we need to partner with you as the house committee chairman saddled with that responsibility,’’ he said.
The ECRMI boss noted that the institute had organised training both local and international on disaster management, adding that its programmes was in the area of capacity building and to train and retrain people on disaster management and preparedness.
“A nation that fails to prepare for disaster is in for trouble, so what we do is to mitigate it, we also catch them young at secondary school level on the need to understand disaster management.’’
Dr. Ayodeji Faleke, former Technical Adviser to African Union on Climate Change said that the group was willing to work with the House Committee in order to help emergency cases and preparedness in the country.
He said that disaster would not give notice before it happened, adding that preparedness remained the number one solution to curtail crisis as the consciousness should be preparedness before relief.
He lauded the house committee chairman on his effort to curtail emergency cases in the country, stating that issues like preparedness should be taken into consideration.
Hon. Olawuyi reiterated the commitment of the committee to help facilitate the bill, adding that there was a need to work together to ensure its success.
Olawuyi said there was a need to engage stakeholders in the country to address emergency cases, adding that the issue about the distribution of relief material was secondary.
He said that preparedness remained the best to curtail emergency while urging the committee to look for a possible way of collaborating to ensure that emergency cases were addressed properly.
He, however, assured the delegation that if they had a bill or a proposal; the committee would push it and ensure it scaled through, adding that the committee would work with the leadership of the house to make it a reality.
Olawuyi, while harping on the needs of the institute said he had to respond to five emergency cases from January, adding that most of the cases were as a result of poor orientation.
“How many markets in the country has a firefighter station aside the one provided by the government,” he said.