The newly appointed Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja has resumed office with a promise to reposition the agency for effective disaster management nationwide.
According to a press release by the NEMA Head of Media and Public Relations, Sani Datti, Maihaja noted that he was assuming duty when the nation is faced with major emergencies.
He spoke while addressing management staff of the agency at the NEMA corporate headquarters, Abuja.
He said: “ I am taking over at a time the country is faced with major emergency involving Internally Displaced Persons IDPs, Meningitis ravaging various states and other challenges requiring urgent response from NEMA and concerted efforts with various agencies.”
However, he assured that within the next few days, the agency would role out an agenda of activities under his administration.
He promised that ensuring that the agency is positioned for effective disaster management especially in areas of prevention leveraging on globally accepted frameworks.
He therefore solicited cooperation of the staff and stakeholders to increase the momentum of disaster management in the country as well as set the pace for others.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity, saying, “it is a call to service and work has to commence in earnest”
Engr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja was born in Nguru, Yobe state on 13th April 1963. A graduated of Electrical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; he is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
The new Director General has worked in public and private organizations that includes National Electric Power Authority NEPA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afri Project Consortium and Buba Brothers Nigeria Limited.