By Patrick Osadebamwen
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration has began development of its emergency preparedness plan to enable the three months old agency effectively respond to disaster management in the Territory.
The Administration said the agency will be strategic to coordinating activities relating to disaster management by harnessing various skills and capacity of stakeholders.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration Engr. John Obinna Chukwu said this Wednesday while declaring opening a 2-day UNICEF-FCT Emergency Management Stakeholders Orientation Programme titled: “Emergency Planning and Procedures” holding in Kaduna.
Chukwu who noted that emergency management requires humanitarian and multidisciplinary endeavour, stresed that all concerned must work concertedly and in cooperative manner.
The Permanent secretary of the FCTA was represented by the The Director General FCT Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Idris Abbas G.
He said synergy was utmost from all stakeholders provide effective response to emergencies which though not prayed for but have remained inevitable some cases.He called on all the stakeholders to engage in constant communication and note sharing to help them be on the same page to respond to emergencies.
“Let me restate as you already know that Emergency Management is a humanitarian and multidisciplinary endeavour where all concerned must work in a concerted and cooperative manner
“In this regard, I want to seize this opportunity to recommend constant interaction, open and free communication/access and regular note-sharing among the leaders and officers of the respective Emergency-related Agencies in the Federal Capital Territory,” Chukwu stated.
On his part, the Director General of the agency said the workshop will enable FEMA have a contingency document for timely and effective response to emergencies and disaster where it occur.
he also said one of the major benefit of the programme would be to help the respective actors in emergency response to identify and play thier roles to minimize impacts as it will reduce conflict among them
Participants at the workshop are drawn from the staff of the agencies, Military and paramilitary agencies in the FCT.
By Patrick Osadebamwen