The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, has concluded a three-day training of stakeholders in North-East on how to deal with flood emergencies.
Olusoji Adeniyi, a UNICEF Emergency Specialist, spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, at the end of the training on Friday in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, saying that the training was to prepare the stakeholders for possible flooding.
He said participants at the training programme were drawn from State Emergency Management Agencies, National Emergency Management Agency and non-governmental organisations, among others.
“The goal of UNICEF is to make sure that all stakeholders know what needs to be done, how it should be done and whether it meets their expectations,’’ Adeniyi said.
He urged the government against politicizing emergency situations when there are trained experts than could be deployed, and called on the trainees to put into use what they had learnt in the training.
“I will appeal to governors and in particular deputy governors that are in charge of state emergency agencies to ensure that the people who had been trained are the ones that will continue to do the job,” Adeniyi said,
Some of the stakeholders who spoke to NAN said they learnt a lot from the training and that it would go a long way in helping them to come up with a standard contingency plan.
The stakeholders are expected to use the knowledge and come up with action plan for their respective stateswithin one week.
Representatives from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe states participated in the training.