Yobe SEMA/ Yobe Acresal Commence State level Workshop on ” Community Engagement/Sensitization on Flood and Development of 2024.

Yobe SEMA/ Yobe Acresal Commence State level Workshop on ” Community Engagement/Sensitization on Flood and Development of 2024 Emergency/Disaster Preparedness and Contingency Plan”

The objective of the Workshop is to:

1. Engage the stakeholders/ community on the early warning strategies to the grassroot level for an effective response at the respective LGAs.
2. To share local response mechanism based on the community-based context.
3. To link the community-based strategy to the state level efforts.
4. To identify the basic requirement/support and services available in the LGA and capacity to respond,
5. And to develop a community/LGA based Emergency Preparedness and Contingency Plan.

The workshop was declared open by the Secretary to the State Government represented by the State Project Coordinator ACReSAL Mr. Shehu Ibn Mohammed, followed by a lead paper presented by Professor Abubakar Kawu Manguno (Director, Centre for Disaster Risk Management, University of Maiduguri).

The participants includes the LGA Chairmen of (Gulani, Damaturu, Geidam, Bursari, Fika, Potiskum, Bade, Jakusko, Yusufari and Nguru) based on the NIMeT SCP outlook and NIHSA AFO.

Line MDAs include (Min of Humanitarian Affairsand DisasterManagement, Water Resources, YoGIS, YoSEPA, Environment, Information, Housing, Health, Primary Health Care, and RUWASA)

Securities, Traditional and Religious Leaders, Youth and Women Representatives, Network of CSOs, UN-OCHA, LGA CDOs and LEMCs are amongst key participants.

This marks the commencement of the state level workshop as representatives of each LGA alongside relevant MDAs and partners are expected to develop a state level plan which will be use to conduct Zonal level sensitization across 3 Zones and LGA level workshops for 10 frontline LGA based on Nimet Predictions.

The Executive Secretary SEMA who is ably represented by Director Search and Rescue operations Dr MI Jalo Thank ACReSAL Yobe State office and National office for jointly developing the concept and funding the statewide Sensitization and Contingency plan, he said this will go along way in reducing the impact and burden of disaster as sensitization is key in mitigating the burden of flood and windstorms.

Participants were elated and highly informed by the contents and group works as all jointly produced actionable points for use at LGA and Zonal Levels.

Mal Shehu Mohammed assured Yobe State Government of ACReSAL commitment to continue keying in to Government priorities in line with ACReSAL mandate and within available resources.