The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has concluded arrangements to recruit 154,000 Grassroots Emergency Volunteer Corps across the 774 local government areas of the country.
Its Director General, Alhaji Sani Sidi, made the disclosure yesterday at a three-day workshop for the corps in Sokoto North local government area of Sokoto State.
Sidi who spoke through the state Zonal Operations Manager of the agency, Alhaji Sa'ad Bello, stated that the introduction of the corps would help in actualising the shift of emphasis to disaster risk reduction.
According to him, this would make the communities in the nation more resilient to disaster incidents.
"As you are aware, disasters usually occur at local areas and the local people are usually the first responders.
"So, the training of these volunteers corps will no doubt save lives and reduce the suffering of the victims of disasters in our communities whenever disasters occur,"he said.
In a remark, the Secretary to the Sokoto State Government, Alhaji Sahabi Isa Gada, said managing emergencies and disasters requires the support and active participation of all.
Gada, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs, Dahiru Abbas, disclosed that the state government would empower the State Emergency Management Agency and other related agencies to discharge their duties efficiently.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Ecological and Relief Matters, Alhaji Garba Kyadawa, said the workshop was aimed at building the capacity of the members of the corps with a view to mitigating disasters whenever they occur.