By Polycarp Auta/Dorothy Aninge
Abuja – Christian Aid, a non-governmental organisation, has trained civil society organisations (CSOs) and media practioners in the country on disaster management.
Speaking at a workshop on Wednesday in Abuja, Mr Bamidele Fatigbe, the Senior Programme Coordinator in charge of Disaster Management and Peace Building of the organisation, said the workshop was organised to sensitise critical stakeholders on ways to curb disasters in the community.
Fatigbe said that the event was organised under project “Early Warnings and Early Response” system, developed to strengthen disaster preparedness across some states of the federation.
He explained that the project was being funded by the European Commission Civil and Humanitarian Aid Operations.
He said that mitigating and addressing issues of disasters, particularly flooding, would only be successful with the support and cooperation of the CSOs and media practioners, hence the need for the training.
He said: “The challenge of mitigating disasters in our society need a collaborative approach. Christian Aid can not do it alone.
“When it comes to influencing policies, creating awareness and advocacy in mitigating flooding and other disasters, CSOs and journalists are key actors.
“So, we are here to acquaint these critical stakeholders with the necessary knowledge to support us in curbing flooding and other disasters in our communities,” Fatigbe said.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants for the three-day meeting were drawn from Benue, Kaduna, Kogi Rivers and Plateau states.