Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development have trained emergency responders in southern states in the handling of emergency situations in their various communities.

A statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media to the minister, Nneka lkem Anibeze, noted that the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq who declared the training open in Lagos, said the initiative is aimed at training local community first responders to address specific needs of the vulnerable, mitigate the effects of a hostile environment on persons of concern and handle the possible long term impacts of crises in their various communities.

The minister, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Humanitarian Affairs, Mr. Charles Anaelo stated that the training will serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas and experience sharing from field operations with a view to entrenching efficient and effective delivery.

“The ministry believes that enhancing your capabilities on migration issues related to disasters must include training. That is the surest means of guaranteeing that you meet the needs of affected communities at the inception of an incident or disaster as your roles are always at the initial phase of the disaster.

“This training, therefore, has been carefully designed to guide you is the closest to the communities to understand the effects of disasters on migration and how to mitigate such. You are also expected to acquire the ability to appropriately respond to migration resulting from disasters.”

Representative of the partnering organization, Mzury Nigeria Limited, Mr. Nuhu El-Dudeen, described the intervention as timely and called on well-meaning individuals and organizations to key into initiatives that will promote the wellbeing of the masses.

“Mzury Nigeria Limited, a consulting firm located in Abuja has over time partnered with many organizations where our consultants take up capacity building roles for their personnel. This is exactly what we are doing with the ministry. We are calling on well-meaning Nigerians and organizations to collaborate with government and other companies to bring succor to vulnerable people in the society.”

One of the participants from the Enugu State Emergency Management Agency, Mrs. Chinasa Mba, expressed optimism that the two-day training would equip them in carrying out their duties of saving lives and property in a professional way.

The two-day capacity building for community emergency response teams drew many participants from State Emergency Agencies in Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Cross-River, Delta, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, and Lagos States,  as well as the National Emergency Management Agency.

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