Kaduna State Deputy Governor Dr Hadiza Balarabe launched the State Risk Map which highlights areas vulnerable to particular danger in the state.
The map, which was developed by the National Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), was launched during a media dialogue held to observe the 2021 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Kaduna.
The deputy governor also unveiled the state contingency plan 2021-2015, which will help organize and coordinate action plans to deal with natural and disaster risks.
In unveiling the documents, Dr Balarabe congratulated SEMA on their production as they will help the Agency to adequately prepare responses for disaster risk prevention and management.
The deputy governor said the media dialogue was organized by SEMA to create an advocacy platform for the collaboration between SEMA as the state emergency manager and the media.
“The state believes that the IDDRR commemoration generally sends a strong signal that there are still disasters around us, but we can control them by working together as a team.
“The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2021, tagged # OnlyTogether #, provides an advocacy platform to highlight best practices and examples of cooperation that have positively impacted the lives of people living in in disaster-prone regions of the world, while reducing the number of people affected by man-made and natural hazards, ” she said.
The Deputy Governor commended SEMA for its engagement with state and non-state actors in carrying out its activities, adding that the successes recorded by the Agency in recent times can be largely attributed to these collaborations.
She commended USAID and other partners for their support in disaster management, adding that “ the Kaduna State government is proud of the role that our traditional institutions have continued to play in the overall development of the country. ‘State.
Dr Balarabe underlined the role of the media in disseminating information, sharing knowledge and raising awareness, adding that “we see the media as an essential partner in disaster management. ”