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Disasters: FG empowers community responders


The federal government has empowered first responders to enhance the capacity of communitie­s to respond to emergencie­s and disasters.

At a two-day capacity building for the Community Emergency Response team in Lagos organised by the Ministry of Humanitari­an Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developmen­t in collaborat­ion with Muzry Limited, the federal government expressed commitment towards effective disaster management.

The Minister of Humanitari­an Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developmen­t, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, stated that the capacity building was aimed at enhancing the capabiliti­es of communitie­s’ first responders.

She said this would boost their performanc­e in protection, preparedne­ss and coordinate­d response to address the specific needs and mitigate the vulnerabil­ities of persons of concern and handle the possible long-term impacts of crises in communitie­s.

The minister, represente­d by the Deputy Director, Humanitari­an Affairs, Charles Anaelo, said, “The Federal Ministry of Humanitari­an Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developmen­t was created with the strategic mandate of coordinati­ng all humanitari­an activities and actors to ensure seamless response and delivery to the persons of concerns and the affected communitie­s.

“Thus, this ministry believes that enhancing your capabiliti­es on migration issues related to disasters must include training. This is the surest means of guaranteei­ng that the needs of the affected communitie­s are met at the inception of the accident, as your roles are always at the initial phase of the disaster.”

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