‘Continued education and sensitization of the citizenry can adequately prepare them for future disaster.’ -Mr. Ishaya Isah Chonoko


The coordinator of the Abuja operations office of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), Mr. Ishaya Isah Chonoko, has said that continued education and sensitization  of the citizenry can adequately prepare them for future disaster. He said for effective coordination in disaster management, there must be synergy between the three tires of government.

Chonoko who stated this in lokoja yesterday during a one day workshop on ‘Strengthening Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation,’ observed that the recent flood in Kogi state could have been better managed with proper and adequate information.

According to him the impact of a disaster depends to a large extent, on the level of preparedness and mitigation measures, hence the need to create sensitization and awareness.

Speaking further, he said “It is a known fact that ignorance was responsible for the large number of losses (both lives and property), incurred as a result of disaster.”

According to Chonoko, if more serious sensitization and awareness campaigns on flood was carried out, the impact of the recent flood on the people and the state, would have been greatly reduced.

The workshop he said was aimed at strengthening the level of disaster preparedness and mitigation at the state level towards ensuring efficient response to disasters in kogi state.

Earlier, the Acting Executive Secretary, of the state Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA), Mrs. Alice Ogedengbe, said adequate information contributed greatly to mitigating the effects of the recent flood in the state. She said the state would continue to invest in information and awareness creation to adequately prepare the people for future challenges.

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