On dry season sensitisation, the director said that the move was to ensure zero loss of lives and properties to disasters in the FCT.
She described sensitisation as an innovative tool in disaster management, stressing the need for community members to be aware of disasters and how to prevent or mitigate their impact.
The director particularly identified fire outbreaks, epidemic, and buildings collapse, among other dry season related disasters that residents should know about and how to prevent them from occurring.
She called for the full support of Area Council’s executives in sensitising residents against attitudes that would predispose them to hazards that could turn to disasters.
According to her, disaster management is everybody’s business, stressing that relevant stakeholders must play their peculiar roles in disaster management.
The chairman of Kwali Area Council, Mr Danladi Chiya, described the establishment of the committee as a huge relief.
Chiya explained that the committee would take over the burden of emergency response from his shoulder, particularly flood, fire outbreaks, and building collapse, among others.
He said that inaugurating the committee was a stepping-stone towards saving lives and properties during disasters and promised to provide the needed support and motivation to enable the members deliver on their tasks.
He said that the council was taking the issue of disaster seriously, adding that it observes monthly sanitation to keep the environment clean.
“Kwali Area Council is also the only area council with a Special Assistant on Emergency Matters,” he said.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Mohammed Yakubu, pledged to deliver on the mandate.(NAN)
Edited by Rotimi Ijikanmi