Stakeholders in disaster management have called on the three-tiers of government to ensure synergy with relevant agencies towards the management, prevention and control of disasters in the country.
The stakeholders made the call during an interactive session organised by the South West Zonal Office of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with Oyo State Emergency Management Agency (OYSEMA) on Tuesday in Ibadan.
The participants, drawn from civil society organisations, security agencies, National Orientation Agency, market leaders and the media, called for sincerity and synergy with relevant agencies toward effective disaster control.
Mr Lawrence Olisa, a media consultant, said that journalists needed to play their role adequately for effective disaster management.
Olisa in his presentation entitled: ‘The Role of Media in Disaster Management’ urged media practitioners to avoid sensationalisation of news content for effective disaster management and control.
He said disaster managers should train and collaborate with media practitioners on programmes that would aid efficient dissemination of information to the public.
Mr Lukman Arasi, the OYSEMA Executive Secretary, commended NEMA for its contributions in rehabilitating shops destroyed by inferno at Akesan market in Oyo town.
Mr Slaku Bijimi, NEMA Zonal Director, said disaster and emergency management was everybody’s business, calling for collective effort on disaster control.
Bijimi said that the agency would organise capacity building workshops as well as take its advocacy visits to local government areas to sensitise members of the public on the danger of flooding.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
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