Abuja - The National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) has taken its awareness programme on floods to schoolchildren in
Kaduna State as part of avert losses.
Speaking during such a programme for the first batch of
students in Kaduna, the agency's North West Coordinator, Musa Ilallah, pointed
out children were the most vulnerable group to flooding hence the need to
educate them on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
Ilallah added that the essence of the programme was to
inculcate the culture of DRR in the hearts and minds of the children and
offer them basic tips on personal safety
within and outside the school.
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“Among the numerous objectives of this workshop are to
educate school children on disaster risk identification and reduction
techniques," said Ilallah.
"Children are the most vulnerable group in the
society and this therefore underscores the need for us to focus our attention
on children with a view to develop their capacity so that they can competently
mitigate the impact of disasters."
He highlighted the importance to conform to the United
Nations character's paradigm shift from disaster relief to disaster risk
"This we cannot ignore or downplay,” Ilallah said.
- CAJ News