As the rainy season sets in, communities in Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas of Kaduna State have been reminded on the need to prepare against any form of disaster, especially flooding because of the anticipated heavy down pour this year.
Addressing stakeholders separately at town hall meetings in four communities of Bondong and Biniki in Kaura Local Government Area, as well as Zikpak and Jama’a emirate in Jema’a Local Government Area, the Program Officer, Disaster Reduction and Social Safety, DRaSS, project of Christian Aid Nigeria, Mr. Tabat Baba, said the purpose of organizing the meetings was to follow up on previous engagements with the communities.
He explained that the project which has been in existence in the communities for the past two years, has trained community members on early warning signs and what to do in the event of flooding or any other disaster.
Mr. Baba, while advising the communities to always address early warning signals with the seriousness they deserve, said Christian Aid plans to provide refuse disposal buckets which will be placed at designated points especially within Kafanchan metropolis.
He urged them to give members of the Community Disaster Management Platform in their various communities the needed support to carry out their duties effectively.
Also speaking, a supporting staff of Christian Aid Nigeria, Mrs. Fausiya Abubakar Sadiq, reminded the people to continue to sensitize their people on the need to always take precautions whenever they are alerted of any danger instead of waiting until disaster happens.
Earlier, the Director General, Safety Awareness Nigeria who doubles as the Vice Chairman, Kaduna State Disaster Management Platform, Mr. Yahaya Muhammed said forecast by the Nigerian Metreological Agency, NIMET, shows that Kaduna State will experience heavy rainfall this year which signals that there might be flooding.
He reminded the people on some safety tips to deployed in an event of any disaster, adding that only those who can not help themselves should be the first to be considered in terms of providing rescue mission.
Participants in their separate contributions, appreciated the sacrifices made so far by Christian Aid Nigeria to enlighten them on how to prevent disasters from happening instead of waiting to respond after the damage has been done.
They pledged to carry the message to all nook and crannies of their communities and even beyond, to achieve set objectives.
Salama News reports that the program which started on Tuesday, ended on Friday, with the organisers seeking to identify some possible causes to disasters especially flooding in the communities, with the aim of arresting them before they happen.