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Volunteers get training amid flood concerns

27 August 2013, 07:52Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has trained more than 100 Grassroots Emergency Volunteer Corps (GEVC) in the North-Central zone on disaster management and risk reduction amid fresh fears of flooding during the next rainy season.

Participants were drawn from flood-prone communities in Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau.

NEMA North-Central zonal coordinator Muhammed Abdulsalam, said the workshop was aimed at raising the consciousness of the people on proactive disaster management and risk reduction through community collaboration for an effective disaster prevention, mitigation and coordination among members of vulnerable communities.

"It is my belief that the training will inform and prepare volunteers about disaster prevention, mitigation and response to ensure a disaster resilient society,” he said.

The training featured paper presentations on disaster management; basic first aid and casualty handling in emergency amongst others.

Abdulsalam subsequently stressed the need for all Nigerians to be adequately prepared for and mitigate effects of disaster when it occurred.

He commended the volunteers for committing to saving lives, adding that volunteerism was an integral part of disaster management.

The volunteers expressed gratitude to NEMA for availing the opportunity to have such training and assured that they were ready to take the knowledge and skills they have acquired to their communities.

In 2012, several communities in states within the North-Central zone witnessed severe flooding with devastating effects.

- CAJ News


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