The National Emergency Management Agency has underscored the importance of synchronising modern and traditional knowledge toward disaster risk management.
The agency’s Director, Risk Reduction, Alhassan Nuhu, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja yesterday. He was speaking against the backdrop of the commemoration of the 2015 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.
According to him, the agency’s focus is in line with this year’s theme: ‘The Use of Traditional, Local and Indigenous Knowledge for Disaster Risk Reduction.’
“Even before modern day hydrological systems studies, there has been traditional knowledge, traditional skills in determining early warning systems.
“The importance of today’s event is to synchronize modern and traditional knowledge for disaster risk reduction.
“Most of our people depend on this credible traditional knowledge and they can easily assimilate the modern knowledge, if juxtaposed with the traditional one. They should not be seen as substitutes, traditional knowledge, modern knowledge are supposed to complement each other.’’
He added that integrating traditional knowledge with modern knowledge was not a setback but a step forward to saving more lives and the environment.