Yobe:  SEMA, ACReSAL begin flood disaster preparedness, contingency plan

The Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA) in partnership with Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Thursday organised a one- day training on community engagement and development of 2024 emergency/disaster preparedness and contingency plan.

The training drew participants from state government and local government, traditional leaders, security agencies, Youth, women, community based organisations (CBOs), civil society organisations (CSOs), as well as development partners and farmers respectively took place in Damaturu, Yobe state capital.

Speaking at the occasion, the executive secretary, Yobe state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr. Mohammed Goje, said the training is part of the preparedness plan after the release of flood prediction by the Nigerian meteorological agency (Nimet)and Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) in some states.

Represented by the director, Search and Resque Operation, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Jalo, Goje stated that by March this year they were at the LGAs to look at the communities to see how prepared they are.

“Today with partnership with ACReSAL ,we brought all the 10 LGA’s key stakeholders here to review our emergency preparedness response plan from emergency, preparedness, mitigation, response and even recovery.

“We have hundred stakeholders across 10 LGAs for this training such as faith group leaders, traditional leaders, youth, women, and local government leadership as well as security agencies respectively,” said SEMAES.

In his remarks, the state Programme Coordinator (PC), ACReSAL,  Shehu Mohammed, said the aspect of ACReSAL is working with MDS which have direct bearing with their activities.

He added that the best on the prediction on flood by Niet and NiHSA that there is going to be flood in some areas in Yobe state as 11 LGAs will be affected.

“What you are seeing now is collaboration between ACReSAL and SEMA in the state to salvage people of the state from the expected flood.”

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