Sokoto, Kebbi, Zam­fara move against dis­as­ters

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Rakiya A. Muham­mad, Sokoto

Stake­hold­ers from Sokoto,Kebbi and Zam­fara States yes­ter­day con­verged on Sokoto to ex­plore ways of tack­ling preva­lent and emerg­ing dis­as­ters in the coun­try.

“We must rise up to these chal­lenges be­fore they be­gin to show their ugly faces and pose threats to our people, property and en­vi­ron­ment,” Sokoto Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer, Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) Al­haji Sa’ad Bello said.

Speak­ing at the open­ing of the work­shop on Com­pre­hen­sive Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment and Flood Aware­ness, Bello pointed out that dis­as­ters are usu­ally bet­ter han­dled when risks and vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties are iden­ti­fied and ef­forts made in re­duc­ing them.

The NEMA op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer said the work­shop would iden­tify preva­lent and emerg­ing dis­as­ters, es­pe­cially the in­ces­sant armed ban­ditry cases, food in­se­cu­rity and mal­nu­tri­tion, dis­ease and epi­demics, youths restive­ness, among oth­ers as well as de­lib­er­ate over the NIMET sea­sonal rain­fall pre­dic­tions for 2014 as it af­fects the three states.

Bello also called on the states to build ca­pac­i­ties of their re­spec­tive State Emer­gency Agencies so as to man­age dis­as­ters promptly and ef­fi­ciently.

In his re­marks at the oc­ca­sion, Sec­re­tary to the Sokoto State Govern­ment, Al­haji Sa­habi Gada, noted that the work­shop would en­hance team spirit and in­ter-agency col­lab­o­ra­tion in dis­as­ter man­age­ment.

The SSG, who was rep­re­sented by the Spe­cial Ad­viser, Eco­log­i­cal and Re­lief Mat­ters, Al­haji Garba Kyadawa, as­sured that as key play­ers ,they are will­ing to play their part in en­sur­ing the achieve­ment of the set goal.

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