Flooding: UNICEF Trains Stakeholders In North-East

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The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) on Friday concluded a three-day contingency training of stakeholders in North-East on flood control.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the end of the training in Yola, UNICEF Emergency Specialist Olusoji Adeniyi said the training was to prepare the stakeholders for any emergency on flooding as he listed stakeholders from state emergency management agencies, National Emergency Management Agency and non-governmental organisations among the attendees.

He said “The goal of UNICEF is to make sure that all stakeholders know what need to be done, how it should be done and whether it meets their expectations.”

He however, advised the trainees to make good use of what they learnt in the training , he also warned governments against using politicians in handling emergencies when there are trained experts than could handle such situations.

“I will appeal to governors and in particular deputy governors that are in charge of state emergency agencies to ensure that the people who had been trained are the ones that will continue to do the job,” he said.

Some participating states include: Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi and Jigawa states.

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