The Director-General of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Abbas Garba Idriss, has officially tendered his resignation.
Mr. Idriss, who has held this crucial position since FEMA’s inception in 2013, made this announcement during the agency’s 22nd management meeting held on Monday.
In a heartfelt farewell speech, Idriss reflected on his tenure as the pioneer Director-General and recounted the agency’s journey from its inception to becoming a standout organization among its peers in Nigeria. He attributed FEMA’s success to his unwavering determination, exceptional vision, and unyielding will to overcome the multifaceted challenges often faced by newly established organizations.
“I ensured that the Agency shortly after its creation, was able to pass its baptism of fire when bomb blasts rocked the FCT and ravaging floods were the order of the day- through a carefully coordinated approach, based on robust stakeholders’ engagement and synergy that leverages on the preventive and response capacities of partners to obtain maximum results in managing disasters in the FCT,” he said.
During his tenure, he proudly stated that under his leadership, FEMA successfully achieved a remarkable five-minute emergency response time for fire and other incidents within the city center, thereby effectively preserving lives and property.
“Within this period, we have been able to build a network of over 10,000 volunteers, community vanguard, and disaster marshals across the six area councils of the FCT and train them year in and year out to improve their capacities as first responders to emergencies in their respective communities.
“This is as part of our conviction that it is better to prevent disasters or mitigate their impact rather than giving our relief assistance to affected persons,” he said.
Furthermore, Idriss emphasized that throughout his term, he instilled a heightened sense of awareness among FCT residents regarding various emergency management concerns, notably the importance of avoiding behaviors that elevate individuals’ vulnerability to disaster risks.
“FEMA also established and trained local divers to serve as first responders in flood mitigation and rescue operations, together with town criers as agents of sensitisation in the communities.
“The agency also successfully carried out Hazard Mapping and Vulnerability Assessment of the FCT and documented it to ease stakeholders’ responsibility in tackling each risk related to their mandate; FEMA created a functional website and continues to update it to keep the public abreast of its activities;
“FEMA created social media handles and deployed them to its best advantage to inform the public about issues of emergency and also counter falsehood or rumours capable of misinforming or creating public panic.
“FEMA advises the FCT Administration through recommendations and suggestions as part of its contribution in fashioning policies and programmes bordering on public safety in the Federal Capital Territory.
“For me, today marks the beginning of a new and very important chapter in my life. My heart will always be with FEMA and I am ready at any time to offer advice that will keep the flag of FEMA flying,” he said.
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