By: Nkechi Isa
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA), has resolved to strengthen the existing cordial ties between it and the Abuja Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), owners of Aso Radio and Television.
The relationship will enhance information dissemination and public enlightenment on disaster management and disaster risk reduction in the Territory.
Director-General, FCT FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, gave the assurance when the management team of ABC led by its Managing Director, Mallam Ibrahim Damisa, visited him recently at FEMA Corporate office, in Abuja.
Alhaji Idriss said FEMA is saddled with the responsibility of coordinating the emergency response in the FCT and relies on the Media for prompt and regular information dissemination.
He disclosed that the 3-day weather forecast by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET), is greatly assisting his Agency with strategies and focus on ensuring that FCT remains safe.
The FEMA Boss also said the Agency is working hard to build its system to link up with NiMET to get weather forecasts for towns in the Territory and to help in attracting direct foreign investments to the Territory.
Alhaji Idriss commended the ABC Managing Director for putting the Station on the global scene by connecting it with DSTV on channel 392, saying that, it was a great achievement that will outlive the Managing Director.
Earlier, the Managing Director revealed that he was at FEMA to seek greater areas of cooperation and collaboration.
He appreciated the existing patronage where FEMA maintains 30 Minutes of Air time on the station.
Mallam Damisa also commended FEMA for its efforts to control flooding in the FCT this rainy season.
His words: “ABC is into information management and publicity. The people of Abuja must be adequately educated if they are to avoid flash floods”.
He also offered one minute of free airtime to FEMA to air public jingles on floods and other disaster issues as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to the residents of the FCT.
FEMA Director-General, while responding to the gesture applauded the Managing Director and assured him that FEMA will do everything within its resources in collaboration with other stakeholders to keep Abuja safe in line with its slogan of ‘Reducing Disaster Risk For a Safe and Happy FCT’.