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Nigeria: Why children must be saved from conflicts and disasters

Source(s):  Leadership Newspaper Group Limited

According to the Leadership Newspaper, a two-day media dialogue on Emergencies, organised by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) addressed the "political misunderstanding and misconception about the whole idea of having a State that is prepared because most of [the] politicians think that they can handle disasters only from a relief point of view," as formulated by UNICEF’S Emergency Management Officer, Olusoji Adeniyi.

"For example, we know that when rains are about to come and flooding will likely take place, we make little move, if at all, to prevent it. There are quite a number of agencies that give us enough information we can use to predict whether things will happen. The security agencies too are doing their best but we are seeing some lapses and we're hoping that they will improve," said the assistant director, Planning of NEMA, Mr Benjamin Ogbenah.

  • Publication date 19 Dec 2011

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