EN­VI­RON­MENT NEMA holds work­shop on Group launches en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­able pro­gramme in schools flood in Jos

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Has­san Ibrahim, Jos By Chidimma C. Okeke

The North-cen­tral Zone of of­fice of the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) has or­gan­ised a one-day work­shop for flood safety or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­nity lead­ers on man­age­ment of flood dis­as­ter in Jos.

The work­shop, ac­cord­ing to NEMA, was meant to en­gen­der col­lab­o­ra­tion and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween and among stake­hold­ers and pre­pare com­mu­ni­ties on how to re­spond todis­as­ter.

Speak­ing at the event, North-cen­tral Zonal Co­or­di­na­tor, Ab­dul­salam Muham­mad, said that mit­i­ga­tion, pre­pared­ness and ef­fec­tive re­sponse to multi-haz­ard emer­gen­cies re­quired vig­i­lance, req­ui­site skill and knowl­edge of the sub­ject mat­ter as well as en­gage­ment and re-en­gage­ment of rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers.

Muham­mad added: “The men­ace of flood­ing will be brought to its barest min­i­mum if State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agencies (SEMAs), Federal and State Min­istries of Wa­ter Re­sources, Agri­cul­ture, Hous­ing, Health, Works, Dam Man­agers, Head of Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Agencies, NGOs, Com­mu­nity lead­ers and af­fil­i­ated vol­un­teers un­der­stand the un­der­ly­ing causes of flood and tech­niques for preven­tion, mit­i­ga­tion and pre­pared­ness.”

On his part, a re­source per­son at the event, Auwal Muham­mad who spoke on the topic: “Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Re­sponse,” frowned at lack of the po­lit­i­cal will by lead­ers at all lev­els to im­ple­ment govern­ment poli­cies in pre­vent­ing and mit­i­gat­ing dis­as­ter, adding: “Nigeria is good in de­vel­op­ing ex­cel­lent poli­cies for our de­vel­op­ment but very poor in im­ple­ment them.” The En­vi­ron­men­tal Ethics and Safety Corps (ESCORPS), in its bid to stop en­vi­ron­men­tal mis­be­haviour and en­sure sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment in the coun­try, has launched a school-based project tagged: ‘Clean To­mor­row To­day’ as part of its man­date to se­cure the en­vi­ron­ment for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion.

‘Clean To­mor­row To­day’ is a school-based ap­proach to en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and one of the car­di­nal projects of the ESCORPS un­der the Mass Ac­tion for En­vi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity, San­i­ta­tion and Hy­giene (MAESSAH), the Corps Co­or­di­nant- Gen­eral, Emenike N. Eme, had said.

Eme, who noted this dur­ing the first stake­holder’s fo­rum on En­vi­ron­men­tal Ethics, say­ing the project was an at­tempt to pro­vide use­ful in­for­ma­tion and knowl­edge of present and fu­ture en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges, as well as the tech­ni­cal know- how on how to con­fi­dently and ad­e­quately ad­dress them.

“’Clean To­mor­row To­day’ is to im­pact knowl­edge on stu­dents and then use the stu­dents to im­pact on the host com­mu­ni­ties,” he added.

He said that the project high­lights the role of hu­mans and their ac­tions on the en­vi­ron­ment, urg­ing people to be of good be­hav­iour and com­ply with es­tab­lished en­vi­ron­men­tal prin­ci­ples and reg­u­la­tions.

In or­der to achieve its pur­pose, En­vi­ron­men­tal Ethics and Safety Mar­shals were de­ployed to schools to carry out ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from En­vi­ron­men­tal Ethics and Safety Ed­u­ca­tion/ En­light­en­ment, Sur­veil­lance, En­force­ment, En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tions Com­pli­ance Cul­ti­va­tion, among oth­ers.

Eme said that the project was kicked off in 80 schools in the federal cap­i­tal ter­ri­tory.

He added that the pro­gramme will also es­tab­lish Re­new­able En­ergy Lab­o­ra­tory in the schools in­volved which they in­tend to achieve through a Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) ar­range­ment.

He said: “The re­new­able en­ergy lab­o­ra­tory projects are money spin­ning projects so it is an hon­our for such to be sighted in any school. We have part­ners out­side the coun­try that are com­ing in with their funds to in­vest in the es­tab­lish­ment of lab­o­ra­to­ries which are go­ing to pro­duced items to be used in homes, not only in Nigeria but out­side Nigeria, so the stu­dents will end up pro­duc­ing hand­i­works that will be ex­ported to other coun­tries.”

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