Abeokuta - The Ogun government has trained 200 youths in flood disaster management as part of efforts to aid environmental sustainability in the state.
The three-day programme which commenced on Tuesday was organised by the Ogun State Emergency Management Agency (OGSEMA).
The Director of the agency, Mr Olusegun Oyenekan, told newsmen at the end of the programme on Thursday that the youths had been trained to respond to emergency situations.
"Before our officials come, the people in the community can also come to assist in cases of emergencies," he said.
Oyenekan said the youths had been trained to be advocates and good representatives of their respective Local Government Areas.
"They can give first aid when faced with casualties in case of flooding and fire accidents," the director added.
"We received alert from the Nigeria Meteorological Agency that the state was going to witness flooding and few weeks after the alert the state witnessed heavy rainfall and storm.
"The storm affected Imeko Afon, Odeda and Ifo Local Governments as well as the Abeokuta metropolis," he recalled.
He said the participants were drawn from Abeokuta South, Abeokuta North, Yewa North, Yewa South, Ijebu Ode and Ado Odo Ota Local Government Areas, which are prone to flooding.
Mrs Hafsat Abiola-Costello, Special Adviser to the Governor on Millennium Development Goals, also told newsmen that the training was part of the state’s response to the global environmental crisis relating to climatic change.
"We have to build the capacity of the community, train them on how to protect themselves, their homes, properties and prevent risks," Abiola-Costello said.