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Title:Disaster incidence and management in Nigeria
Author:Olorunfemi, Felix
Periodical:Research Review
Geographic term:Nigeria
government policy
Abstract:Nigeria has had a number of emergency situations arising from disasters, natural and man-made. The natural phenomena include tropical storms, land erosion, floods, drought, livestock and plant diseases, etc. The major man-made hazards include civil strife; road, water and air traffic accidents; and technological hazards such as oil spills, waste dumping and industrial accidents. This paper provides an overview of disasters in Nigeria and their socioeconomic and environmental consequences. It also examines the institutional framework for disaster management and funding, as well as issues and challenges in disaster risk management in Nigeria. It concludes that there are technical and managerial flaws in disaster management in the country. A realistic approach to reduce the toll of disasters in Nigeria requires a more comprehensive approach that encompasses both pre-disaster risk reduction and post-disaster recovery. This should be framed by new policies and institutional arrangements that support effective action. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]