NGO trains members for early response to disasters


A humanitarian NGO, Christian Aid has called for capacity building for members of the Disaster Mitigation Management Platform (DMMP) to respond to disasters effectively, inclusively and timely.

Uzor Uzioma, the Programme Coordinator, made the call at a one-day training in Kaduna tagged: “Improving Early Warning and early Response Systems to Strengthen Disaster preparedness in Nigeria’s Middle belt’’.

Uzioma, the Programme Coordinator said that the essence of the training was to strengthen the coordination of members of DMMP to respond to disasters to improve on early warning and early response systems effectively, inclusively and timely.

“Having these members better coordinated and working together, they will live up better to their responsibilities of preparedness towards emergencies.”

She said that for planning and action to better manage disaster risk and response, the DMMP members had agreed to set up a technical working committee to reduce the work load of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

“Emergencies have to be a collaborated effort that should not be left in the hands of SEMA alone.”

She said that the agencies had identified issues and challenges they faced within the state and designed local contingency plans to respond to those issues.

One of the participants, Yahaya Mohammed said that he was impressed with the meeting as it was an “eye opener’’ for him.

“The meeting has helped me to relate with other agency staff to come up with an action plan to work better together for the benefit of the state.”

The meeting was attended by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), SEMA, Fire Service, Red Cross, Federal Road Safety Corps, Civil Defense Corps and some NGOs.