Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), with the support of the European Union Commission, under the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative, implemented a 12-month project entitled: Prepared for Resilience, Response, Recovery and Reconstruction (P4R) in Kano State.
The project had two key objectives in the state; to support communities where VSO has its inclusive education programs to undertake disaster risk assessment and community preparedness planning an to strengthen the coordination of disaster management actions among key stakeholders in the state.
Both objectives were fully achieved. A pilot community risk assessment and preparedness planning were carried out in Sabon Ruwa Utal community in Bunkure LGA of the State. The pilot provided a working template for replication in other communities.
The project supported the Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to reignite the State Disaster Management Committee, which had not been functioning since 2018.
As a result of the Coordination, which was reactivated in February 2020, it was easier for disaster management stakeholders in the state to share knowledge and experiences around COVID-19 non-pharmaceutical response, as well as the recent flood incidents that ravaged many LGAs in the state.
At the 2-day dissemination event, which took place on the 7th & 8th of October, the VSO team, represented by Ihechi Nwarie (Disaster Risk Reduction & Resilience Specialist), presented the achievements of the project based on the objectives outlined above.
He however regretted that the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the project schedule, although it also presented another opportunity for response actions. Also, stakeholders from the Nigerian Red Cross Society (Kano State Branch), Kano State Emergency Management Agency, National Emergency Management Agency, National Orientation Agency, Federal Fire Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Kano State Ministry of Water Resources, and the Adolescent Health Information Project (AHIP), took turns to share the response actions undertaken at the peak of the pandemic.
In her vote of thanks, the Executive Director of AHIP, Mrs Mairo Bello, lauded VSO’s approach to development work. She also thanked the European Union Commission for making the funds available to implement the project.