Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, the Director General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), on Monday urged the Federal Government to effectively intervene on disaster risk reduction across the country.
Aminu-Kano made the call at a two-day workshop organised by the organisation in collaboration with the Network of Civil Society Organisations for Lake Chad Basin and the Humanitarian Forum in Abuja.
He said that the organisations were holding the Federal Government responsible in tackling disaster risk reduction as the government was the major key body to address the challenge appropriately.
He said that the organistaion was collaborating with other organisations both national and international to support the government in ensuring that the challenge was tackled.
“We will continue calling on both state and federal governments to ensure they do the right thing and ensure that they continue to intervene on this issue.
“We are working seriously, especially at the Northeast areas because those are the people we have discovered that are facing the challenge severely,’’ he said.
He said that the aim of the workshop was to take stock of how climate change was being addressed as a risk factor for disasters.
He said that the workshop`s objective was also to have a concrete discussion by taking practical steps that would help to overcome challenges and make a difference to people affected by the crises.
“We have not heard natural disasters at the scale we are having now, so Nigeria is still finding his way on how to manage this kind of disaster.
“The workshop is to prepare our minds to increase investment in building community resilience as a critical first line of response with the full and effective participation of women.
“The workshop is to also ensure regional and global humanitarian assistance for natural disaster to complements national and local efforts.
“Also, to alert government’s consciousness on early response on natural disaster and climate change,’’ he said.
Aminu-Kano said that the workshop was also expected to identify concrete areas in which NCF and other groups could collaborate to address disaster risk reduction and build the resilience of communities in the zone.
Dr Hany El-Banna, the President, Humanitarian Forum, UK said that the workshop was committed to accelerate the reduction of disaster and climate-related risk.
El-Banna said that to fast-track the disaster risk would be through the coherent implementation of the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction from 2015 to 2030.
El-Banna said that the other strategies for disaster risk reduction were to be implemented effectively on 2030 agenda for sustainable development and the Paris agreement on climate change.
“As well as to create other relevant programmes on the disaster risk reduction and ensure that such programmes focused on how climate change can be address accordingly.’’
He said that the workshop would improve the understanding, anticipation and preparedness for disaster and climate-related risk by investing in data analysis.
“Not only to invest on the data analysis but also ensuring early warning and educating people living in such prone areas on how to manage the situation.
“As well as developing evidence-based decision-making process that will give a positive result in early action,’’ he said.