Ag FEMD D-G bows out, urges modern approach to emergency response

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Ag FEMD D-G bows out, urges modern approach to emergency response

By Philip Yatai

Mr Mohammed Sabo, acting Director-General of the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Department (FEMD), who retired on Friday, has urged the department to embrace innovative technologies to enhance emergency response.

Sabo made the call while speaking at an event organised in his honour, as he officially bowed out of office after 35 years of service to the FCT Administration.

He was the department’s Director of Finance and Accounts before becoming acting D-G on Sept. 30, 2023, when the pioneer D-G, Dr Abbas Idriss, voluntarily resigned after serving for 10 years.

Sabo urged the new acting D-G, Mrs Florence Wenegieme, and her management team to leverage data analytics, Geographic Information System mapping and communication tools to improve situational awareness and decision-making.

According to him, embracing technology will enable the emergency management coordinating body in the FCT to respond more efficiently to emergencies.

“As I reflect on our experiences, I want to share some insights that I believe will guide you in your roles as emergency management professionals and civil servants.

“Explore and embrace innovative technologies to enhance emergency response capabilities; strengthen collaboration with relevant stakeholders and partners; and prioritise early preparedness and planning.

“In a dynamic and evolving environment like Abuja, proactive planning and preparedness are key. You must always anticipate potential risks and hazards specific to our region and continuously update your response protocols.

“The more prepared you are during peacetime, the more effective your response will be, during emergencies.”

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He equally urged the management team to uphold ethical standards and transparency, and stressed the need to inspire trust and confidence among the communities they serve.

Sabo further urged the members of staff to continue to advance the mission of the FCT Emergency Management department by being dedicated, passionate and professional to make the needed impact.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as your acting D-G and to have been part of such an exceptional team.

“Keep striving for excellence and never lose sight of the importance of our mission — to save lives and protect our community from any form of disaster,” he said.

In his remarks, the pioneer D-G, Idriss, described Sabo as a fast learner and a well-articulated civil servant, adding that he has added value to FEMD while steering its affairs as the acting D-G.

In her welcome address, Mrs Wenegieme, who took over from Sabo as the acting D-G, promised to consolidate on his gains, and work towards strengthening the department for maximum impact.

Wenegieme, who was the department’s Director, Forecasting, Response and Mitigation, described Sabo as a mentor, adding that the department would continue to reach out to him for advice and support.

Also speaking, Mr Clement Nze, Director-General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, said he had a productive working relationship with Sabo and pledged continued support, particularly with flood forecasts across the country. (NAN)

Edited by Ephraims Sheyin

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