The International Federation of Red Cross, IFRC, has earmarked over $5 million for humanitarian intervention services in the three Northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
The money, said the international agency, would be used in areas of shelter, water treatment and nutritional support for communities hit by natural and human disasters in the region.
Team Leader of the organisation, Barkitiar Mambetor, who dropped the hint in Yola, during a visit, said the organisation has so far reached over 300,000 households with humanitarian assistances in various communities of the Northeastern states.
Mr Mambetor said the effort has the support of other outlets of the Red Cross, including international committee of the Red Cross, Nigerian Red Cross Society, International committee on Red Cross and Red Crescent among others.
Already, he added, IFRC has slated an 8-day capacity building workshop /training for professional volunteers in the area of disaster management and other humanitarian service delivery in Adamawa state.
Mr Mambetor said the participants were carefully selected from across the country and would be accorded intensive humanitarian services delivery especially on disaster and crisis front areas in the Northeast.
“The participants would be trained in areas of accessing, quick response, monitoring and evaluation of disaster and crisis situations in three selected local government areas of Hong, Song and Gombi councils, respectively.
“The participants would be taken to Hong local government for practicalisation of the skills to be acquired in the training on disaster accessing, response, monitoring and evaluation as a case study or field work,’’ he said.
Earlier in his remarks, representative of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, NRCS, Andronicus Adeyemo, urged the 31 participants to strive hard in maximising the available limited opportunities during the workshop.
Mr Adeyemo advised them to inculcate the spirit of teamwork in humanitarian intervention services at all times.