NNN: The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) educated no less than 120 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on ways to mitigate flooding in the Enugu metropolis.
The sensitization, which was carried out for the corps members of the NEMA-NYSC Emergency Vanguard Community Development Service (CDS), was in line with the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) 2022 flood forecast.
NEMA Southeast Coordinator, Mr. Tickman Tanimo, said on Wednesday that corps members were key stakeholders in the agency’s outreach and awareness campaign on disaster and disaster issues. emergency in the communities.
According to Tanimo, corps members have been instrumental in grassroots and community sensitization and sensitization efforts on floods and other emergencies.
“They have helped over the years to get flood warnings and forecast messages down to the grassroots and organize to help with disasters at the local level.
“This work over the years, in terms of raising awareness, has helped reduce the rate of vulnerability of Nigerians to hazards and situations,” he said.
The coordinator commended the corps members for participating in large numbers, adding that they would also benefit from other agency trainings and workshops in the state.
“They mostly present critical disaster relief services and workforce for the vast majority of our residents who live in rural areas where NEMA services and personnel are not readily available. “, did he declare.
Tanimo said corps members have also been enlightened on other aspects of disasters and emergencies as well as safety precautions they should take and inform people around to keep everyone safe.
Miss Mary Manuel, Chairperson of NEMA-NYSC Emergency Vanguard CDS in Enugu North Council Area, said the sensitization session was so enlightening and revealing of what individuals can do to mitigate the floods.
“I have a burning desire to educate those who live near me on the need to stop blocking the drainage system this rainy season with garbage,” Manuel said.
Mr. Chisom Emmanuel, a member of the NEMA-NYSC Emergency Vanguard CDS, noted that the outreach had fully enlightened him on his duties as a local disaster liaison officer.
“My job is to educate people in my locality on environmental best practices and also alert NEMA officials when needed,” Emmanuel said. (