FEMA sen­si­tizes FCT res­i­dents on dis­as­ter man­age­ment

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Mustapha Suleiman

The FCT Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (FEMA) has held a one­day aware­ness and sen­si­ti­za­tion work­shop on the role of govern­ment and stake­hold­ers in dis­as­ter man­age­ment in the FCT.

Speak­ing at the work­shop, FEMA Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Al­haji Ab­bas G. Idriss, said the ob­jec­tive of the work­shop was to cre­ate syn­ergy be­tween stake­hold­ers to­wards re­duc­ing dis­as­ters in the FCT.

He said the FCT has recorded cases of flood­ing, build­ing col­lapse, road and air crashes, fire in­ci­dents, com­mu­nal con­flicts amongst oth­ers, say­ing there should be im­me­di­ate re­sponse when such oc­cur to re­duce ca­su­al­ties.

“In view of the well re­ported changes in cli­mate and rain­fall pat­terns, I en­join stake­hold­ers here to en­gage in dis­cus­sions with a view to propos­ing prag­matic, cost ef­fec­tive and sus­tain­able so­lu­tions to the prob­lems of flood­ing in the FCT.

“On our part, we are go­ing to em­bark on ag­gres­sive sen­si­ti­za­tion and aware­ness cam­paigns through vis­i­ta­tions, me­dia and town hall meet­ings in all flood prone com­mu­ni­ties of the FCT,” he said.

In his ad­dress, Engr. Anthony Efediyi, Di­rec­tor Fore­cast­ing, Re­sponse and Mit­i­ga­tion of the agency, said the set­ting up of FEMA will help in man­ag­ing dis­as­ter largely due to up­surge in the pop­u­la­tion of the FCT which has raised the tempo of so­cioe­co­nomic and in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties in the ter­ri­tory.

He noted that the work­shop will pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tion amongst stake­hold­ers in dis­as­ter re­duc­tion and re­sponse in the FCT.

PHOTO:

Ve­hi­cles and tri­cy­cles im­pounded at the VIO of­fice in Mabushi at the weekend.

OGECHI OHALEE

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