Disaster Mitigation: Christian Aid Hands Over Relief Materials to Kaduna SEMA
In a bid to mitigate impact of disaster on affected victims in the State, Christian Aid has handed over donated non-food items to the Kaduna State government in support of the State’s disaster mitigation plans.
The gesture under the programme “Improving Early Warning and Early Response Systems to Strengthen Disaster Preparedness in Nigeria’s Middle Belt (E4E).” is done with funding support from the European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), relief items is estimated to reach about 2,100 households .
Items identified and purchased include 490 blankets, 490 mosquito nets, 450 buckets, 300 mats, 55packs of sanitary pads, 450 dignity kits, 200 mattresses, 316 jerry cans, 89 water guards, 20disinfectants, 30 boxes of first aid kits, 50 life jackets, 50 packs of slippers, 48 packs of children’s’diapers, 98 insecticide, 15 camp tents, 30 packs of soap, 30 cartons of petroleum jelly, 250 touch lights, 60 packs of tissue paper, 19 rechargeable lamps, 130 cooking utensils, 10 bales of clothes, 30kerosene stoves, 30 wheelchairs, 50 walking aid and 28 dust bins.
The gestures according to the NGO committed to improving lives of the poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities, are expected to reach about 2,100 households (10,500 individuals) which was pre-positioned in the Local Emergency Response Plan, across all project locations.
Speaking from Abuja, the Country Manager for Christian Aid Nigeria Charles Usie, said: “This intervention is very timely, a big moment for all of us and we are proud about it. We wish wecould provide NFIs for more households, but we are sure that working very closely with the state andother groups we will be able to support more households.We cannot stop the rains from falling but we can reduce the damage caused and lives lost.
“That is why Christian Aid is taking this step now at this crucial time to support the state government to ensure a reduction of flood in Kaduna State
“In recent times, flooding has become a common and recurring natural disaster across the country,forcing 100,000s of people to leave their homes and property behind, and in serious instances,leading to the loss of lives.
“Therefore, the Improving Early Warning and Early Response Systems to strengthen Disaster Preparedness in Nigeria’s Middle Belt (E4E) project, which seeks to build community resilience and preparation to flooding disaster has put in place practical measures to achieve its objectives, including the procurement and disbursement of non-food relief items.
“Working in a coordinated manner with government (from local to federal), NGOs and communities,who are at the driving seat making primary decisions collectively identified the need to make available certain non-food items (NFIs) for the rainy days.
“These NFIs were procured with consideration of gender and inclusion of everyone.
“Thinking long-term, we have supported the state government to review and update the Kaduna State Contingency Plan for 2019-2020. With the updated contingency plan which we are launching now, we will be able to cater for the entire state. Christian Aid and will continue to further strengthen our efforts to promote disaster reduction with focus on flooding.
“The NFIs will be kept in the custody of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and appropriately distributed in time of need.”
“The intervention is focused on 9 communities across 3 LGAs; Angwan Rimi, Malali, Rajin Guza, andDantoro of Kaduna North, Barnawa and Bashama of Kaduna South and Angwan Romi, Television,and Nasarawa of Chikun LGAs in Kaduna State.
“The communities are watershed rural and urban areas with records of incessant natural hazards/flooding disasters, and unmet needs in preparedness and response.