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Posted: Jun 12, 2015 at 12:58 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi, Kano

Nigerians have been advised to make emergency response a life style.This is even as women and children are said to constitute over 70 per cent of the population affected by conflict and natural disasters.Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) officers with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Soji Adeniyi, gave the advice while presenting a paper at a training session for journalists in Kano on Friday, June 12, 2015.The training was organised by the Child Rights Information Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Information in collaboration with UNICEF.

Other groups that are also  vulnerable to conflict and natural disasters, he said,  include people Living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic disease; the aged and the physically challenged.Adeniyi however advised stakeholders in  the building industry to ensure that buildings are properly drawn to include escape routes for their occupants in times of emergency.

He disclosed that in every 10 children, at least two are affected by acute malnutrition.

While declaring the training open, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Information, Folashade Oson, said that the training was meant to address issues affecting residents of the North Eastern part of the country where many are under emergency situation.