Stakeholders Task Govt. on Community-based Disaster Management
Stakeholders in disaster risk management and control want government at all levels and relevant agencies to synergize and prioritise community based rescue efforts towards preventing flood and other disasters.
They made the call in Ibadan at an interactive meeting organized by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA in collaboration with Oyo State Emergency Management Agency.
Participants, who were drawn from civil society organizations,the Nigerian Police, Red Cross, National Orientation Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and market leaders believed that there will be no meaningful success on disaster control if stakeholders are not sincere.
In a presentation on the Role of Media in Disaster Management, a media consultant, Mr Lawrence Olisa said there was the need for journalists to be thorough in disaster reportage to avoid misinformation which can ignite crisis among the people.
Mr Olisa also appealed to disaster managers to endeavour to train media practitioners and partner them on their programmes and policies to ensure members of the public are adequately informed.
Earlier in an address, Secretary of the Oyo State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr Lukman Arasi commended NEMA for its contributions in rehabilitating shops destroyed to inferno at Akesan Market, Oyo town, having received one thousand each of roofing sheet and bags of cement.
NEMA Zonal Director Southwest, Mr Slaku Bijimi, who described emergency management as everybody’s business, restated commitment to partnering major stakeholder in the state at securing lives and property.
Mr Bijimi said the agency would also be embarking on capacity building and advocacy visit to local government areas to sensitize members of the public on the danger of flood.
The aim of the meeting was to brainstorm and train stakeholders on disaster management circle from preparedness to recovery stage as well as synergize, to mobilize resources when disasters occur.