600,000 property were also destroyed in the flood.
The North-Central Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Abdulsalam Muhammad, has said over 363 persons lost their lives and property worth N2.6 trillion were lost to floods across Nigeria in 2012.
The NEMA boss said this on Wednesday in Jos, the Plateau State capital, at a two-day workshop organised by the agency on Disaster Risk Reduction in Schools and strengthening response mechanism among stakeholders.
The disaster expert noted in a speech at the event that “In the last year’s floods, over seven million Nigerians were affected, out of which 363 persons were killed, 2.3 million people were totally displaced across the country as the flood destroyed 600,000 houses recorded by our agency .”
According to NEMA boss, children are among the most vulnerable population during disasters, as school buildings may be destroyed, taking away the precious lives of children and teachers
and stalling access to education in the aftermath of disaster.
Mr. Muhammad added that NEMA “recognized the importance of the involvement of young people in disaster management and established Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) clubs in schools to sustain the existence and activities of these clubs.”
He said there is an ongoing process of making Disaster Risk Reduction an integral part of the educational curriculum of schools in the country.
According to him “disaster management is the duty of everybody, therefore we must rise up to face it squarely, NEMA’s vision is to build a culture of preparedness, response and community resilience of all stakeholders on response/preparedness to disaster predicted or not”.
In her lecture, a resource person at the two-day workshop, Mercy Ajuzie, said disaster can be reduced through renewal of focus on disaster risk reduction education in primary and secondary schools, raising awareness and providing better understanding of disaster management among children aimed at providing safety in schools as well as mainstreaming the skills into school curricula,” she stated.
Ms. Ajuzie stressed that “there is increasing evidence that students of all ages can actively study and participate in schools safety measures and also work with teachers or other adults in the community toward minimizing risk before, during and after disastrous events.”