The increasing trend of emergency situations in Nigeria, mostly caused by corruption and cutting of corners, now requires an efficient emergency management agency.

In what it called reforming of relief efforts, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it is adopting a more transparent technique that is in line with global best practices.

It wants payment to it done through a Cash Transfer Tool.

To prepare officials of the agency for effective collaboration with Nigerian Red Cross, a Cash Transfer Preparedness Programme was held in Abuja over the weekend.

Cash Transfer Programme is a tool for cash transfer to support population affected by disaster to meet multiple needs in ways that maintain human dignity, provides access to food and shelter and help rebuild or protect livelihoods.

The Director General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, told the gathering that he believed that the Cash Transfer Preparedness Programme was important, considering the complex nature of relief management.

“This I belief, will surely lead to a paradigm shift in the management of relief operations in Nigeria in order to give dignity to the displaced population, especially in the North east,” he said.

He told the gathering that the humanitarian scenario in Nigeria has become complex as a result of different emergencies being witnessed in recent years.

One thing he asked for was the support of ICRC in the development of guidelines for Cash Transfer Programming in Nigeria.

The Director of NEMA was represented by the Director Relief and Rehabilitation, Kayode Fagbemi.

The leader of the delegation from ICRC, Eloi Fillion, told the NEMA boss that the transfer of knowledge from his organisation to the agency will ensure sustainability, as ICRC might not be everywhere to provide assistance.