Nweze Attributes NEMA Vs LASEMA Feud To Misplaced Ego
A Professor of Communications with Pan Atlantic University, Austin Nweze, has attributed the feud between National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) to egos and not conflict of protocol.
Speaking on Sunrise Daily after an heated exchange between directors of the two agencies, Prof Nweze described the fracas as a ‚Äėmicrocosm‚Äô of what is obtainable in the larger society and amongst government agencies in the country.
‚ÄúThey are not synchronized,‚ÄĚ he said, adding that ‚Äúit‚Äôs all about ego, self-interest and who gets what.‚ÄĚ
LASEMA had recently ordered the removal of NEMA officials from the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos to the chagrin of the national emergency agency. The two agencies are also disagreeing on who is suppose to address the media during an emeergency situation in the state where they are both rescuing victims of disasters.
According to the Professor, the clash is largely egocentric as LASEMA is reported to have complained of being relegated by the federal agency, on its own turf.
This is a problem of communication, Prof Nweze explained.
He noted that the two agencies barely communicate with each other, which is why there is problem between them.
In the case of any emergency, ‚Äúthere has to be one person that would be appointed to disseminate information‚ÄĚ and the state agency should ‚Äúdecide who should speak to the press at each point in time. This is to avoid conflict and dissemination of wrong information.
“It‚Äôs not everybody that should come and begin to talk to the press. It is not right‚ÄĚ he said.
Prof Nweze also noted that, although NEMA is allowed to respond to emergency situations in the whole country, the agency should restrict itself to a supportive role since there is a state based agency as well. ‚ÄúThe federal is to assist and support the Lagos counterpart.”
He however cautioned both agencies to set their priorities correctly as ‚Äúin any emergency, the primary concern should be the lives of the people‚ÄĚ and not ‚Äúwho got there first to save the lives.‚ÄĚ