By John Ighodaro
CALABARâ€”The Cross River State government is engaging environmentalists to seek ways of containing natural disasters which often leaves in its trail death and destruction of property in the state.
The government has also assured victims of disasters that the state would continue to meet its responsibility of cushioning the pains of disasters by providing relief materials.
The Director General, Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Vincent Aquah,Â gave the assurance at aÂ 2 â€“day meeting of stakeholders on the development and updating of contingency plans for Cross River State on Emergency Preparedness Response organized by SEMA in collaboration with UNICEF at Ikom in Cross River State.
He assured that government has a soft spot for the less privileged in the society, hence its commitment to cushioning the pains of disaster victims by relieving them with materials.
The Director- General assured that the agency was ever ready to carry out its functions with renewed vigor and promptness.
He lamented the spate of disasters in the state in recent times, ranging from wind/rain storms, flood, landslide to hailstone, pointing out that environmentalists were being contacted to seek ways of containing future disasters.
Aquah expressed the hope that the meeting would equip SEMA and other stakeholders with the opportunity to rub minds on theÂ devastating effect of disasters and find ways of preparing adequately to promptly address them whenever thy occurred.
UNICEF, on the occasion, charged participants to contribute meaningfully to the discussion as disasters posed serious challenge to mankind
The meeting featured paper presentation on the effect of disasters on women and children, programming for the displaced, among others.