The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA says a total of 2,430, 445 persons were displaced by the 2022 flood disaster that ravaged different parts of the country.

Director-General of NEMA, Mr. Mustapha Ahmed, stated this at the opening of a one-week strategic executive course for Nigeria Emergency Management Stakeholders, in Abuja.

He explained that the training would afford the participants the opportunity to share their experiences to develop holistic approaches to disaster and crisis management in the country.

“This event is taking place in the immediate aftermath of the devastating 2022 flood disaster which is unprecedented in the history of Nigeria.

“Records indicate that 662 persons have lost their lives, 3,174 others have suffered injury, and 2, 430, 445 individuals have been displaced by the floods.

“Thousands of houses, hectares of farmlands, and several critical national assets were destroyed by the raging floods.

“NEMA in collaboration with state governments and other partners are currently working assiduously towards the long-term recovery of impacted communities across the nation,” he said.

The Director, of Human Resource Management of NEMA, Mr. Musa Zakari, said the training would also assist in re-examining new and efficient approaches to disaster management.

“Rapid changes in climate have resulted in the increase of the frequency of natural disasters across the nation.

“Hence the objective of this seminar is to assist the agency and its critical stakeholders in providing a unique international brand of disaster management education, training, and simulation that can augment existing senior Officers training provision within the country,” he said.

The Director-General, of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Alhaji Abbas Idriss, who spoke on behalf of the participants, appreciated NEMA for organising the training.

RN