No fewer than 30 stakeholders in disaster management have expressed commitment to offer seamless services with a view to avert disasters and adopt effective management strategies in Sokoto State.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that representatives of federal and state agencies stated their commitment on Wednesday at a stakeholders meeting organised by National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in Sokoto.
The NEMA’s Head of Operation in Sokoto, Dr Kofoworola Soleye, said the agency strategised for stronger synergy among disaster stakeholders to facilitate seamless coordination and ensure maximum contribution toward tackling of emergencies.
Mr Soleye stressed the need for strong partnership between federal, state and NGOs on the management of disaster-related issues.
He said that humanitarian actors in the state were brought together to ease coordination and facilitate efficient and effective response to disasters.
“It is a known fact that no single organisation is fully equipped and competent enough to handle any form of disaster alone.
“There is need to coordinate different responses of organisations, NGOs, volunteers and even community in order to achieve desired result,’’ Mr Soleye said.
According to him, Federal Government established NEMA to coordinate such activities.
Mr Soleye called for the development of the same coordination systems at states and local governments.
He said that the interaction would enable stakeholders to identify most critical disasters, responses and implementation of national disaster plans in line with National Disaster Management Frame Work, NDMF.
He urged all stakeholders to identify areas of contributions, enumerate respective facilities available in order to formulate collaborative platform that would avail NEMA with information to coordinate agencies on responsive emergencies.
The Director-General of the Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Ibrahim Dingyadi, said the state government had always supported effective collaborative measures aimed at averting disasters and management.
Mr Dingyadi said that equipment and necessary logistics were being provided to tackle all forms of disasters wherever such disasters might suddenly occur.
He said SEMA manages seven Internal Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps mostly as a result of armed banditry and kidnappings across the state.
The director-general emphasised on the need of engaging on peace dialogue with perpetrators of banditry as obtained in neighbouring states in recognition of magnitude and reoccurring nature of incidences in the state.
According to him, no fewer than 221 deaths have been recorded, 45,175 persons displaced from July 2018 to July 2019 in 66 communities affected in the state.
Mr Dingyadi said that 21, 316 hectares of land remained uncultivated as the result of the incidences.
He said no fewer than 6,485 animals were lost, while 80,000 people were affected in Raba, Tureta, Goronyo, Sabon Birni and Isa Local Government Areas.
He said two deaths were recorded due to flood that occurred in Shagari LGA this year, while some incidents of banditry were recorded in Gudu and Kebbe LGAs of recent and causality figures were being compiled.
Maj Yakubu Yakubu, from 26 Battalion of Nigerian Army, said army provided strategic interventions on disaster management and support all emergencies situations in terms building collapse, security situation and others.
Earlier, also, Fl. Lt. Abba Aji, of 119 Composite Group of Nigerian Air force, assured of continued collaboration on disaster management using the air force base platforms and personnel.
NAN reports that the event was attended by Federal Fire Service, Sokoto State Fire Service, State ministries of health, environment among others
They all made presentation on various roles and available facilitates to support disaster response and management.