By Auwal Umar, Gombe
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Adamawa-Taraba state operation office has commenced five-day workshop in Gombe state on strengthening the vision of the agency on building a culture of preparedness, prevention, response and community resilience in disaster management in Nigeria.
Head of Operations in charge of Adamawa-Taraba operations Office, Abbani Imam Garki stated this while speaking during the opening of the five-day retreat in Gombe on Thursday.
Garki said the retreat was directed by the Director-General of the agency aimed at bringing the staff of the agency together, to “share ideas and experiences, harness strategies with a view to moving the agency forward.”
The head of operations also urged people to clear their drainage and to desist from indiscriminate disposal of waste in waterways.
“As an operation, we have been sensitizing members of the public on ways to prevent the effect of flood. We expect that residents will desist from disposing of refuse into waterways, avoid flood-prone areas and stop waiting for the government to dredge.
Garki also called on the residents to monitor the level of water and leave when necessary so that they won’t be caught unaware, urging them to listen and comply with early warnings.
Also speaking, Mr Uba Ayuba, of the Red Cross Society, in his paper on General Principles of Disaster Management in Nigeria called on NEMA to understand the hazards that result to a disaster which he claimed efforts may be in vain
He further described hazard as anything that results in adverse damage, causes threat to life and property.
“We should look forward as volunteers as the value of work is in you and not the organization that employed you” he added.