Covid19: Group Harps on Synergy Amongst Media, Others for Improved Information Sharing, Dissemination

…..says SEMA Weakened in Fight against Pandemic

Victor Habila, Kaduna

As part of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Kaduna State, a group, Disaster Mitigation and Management Platform (DMPP) Kaduna, has said that there is need for improved synergy amongst media actors and collaboration with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other state and non-state actors to improve information sharing and dissemination on disaster management.

This was contained in a communique issued at the just-concluded citizens stakeholders engagement on emergency response during the Covid-19 which held virtually on “Google Meet” platform co-signed by Danjuma Abbas Dangwa,
Coalition of Associations for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development (CALPED) and three others.

The meeting which had particpants from the media, civil society and other community actors aims at developing working partnership between non-state actors and Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and other critical government authorities during the coronavirus pandemic period.

DMPP noted that the non-positioning of SEMA as active drivers of the emergency response and mitigation measures to contain the spread of coronavirus has reduced and closed out space for non-state actors involved in managing the crisis situation in the state.

They said SEMA is observed to have been significantly weakened in the face of the coronavirus crisis in Kaduna State as other ministries and agencies of Kaduna state government carry out leadership roles and responsibilities known to be the Agency’s core services.

However, they planned to undergo an advocacy visit to NEMA zonal office in Kaduna and SEMA to improve on communication that can help foster better working collaboration between both parties and to conduct a hazard profiling in the State with Kajuru as pilot Local Government Area.

“Except for providing donations, broadcasting or publishing press releases the media and civil society were never carried along in the activities related to the disaster management during the coronavirus pandemic”.

“The absence of relevant civil society in the Disaster Mitigation and Management Platform (DMMP) has been a major setback to developing effective and efficient synergy with stakeholders involved in the technical working group overtime”. The group said.

While commending the media and Civil society for providing donations, broadcasting and publishing press releases; They expressed that the media and civil society were never carried along in the activities related to the disaster management during the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Mitigation and Management Platform were established as a functional technical working committee where critical public actors and non-state actors working around disaster management can meet and provide support, coordination geared towards improving emergency service delivery.

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