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Monday, January 18, 2021

Ward councilors sensitised on food security in emergencies

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As part of a nation- wide sensitisation on food security in emergency, the National Disaster Management Agency ( NDMA) in collaboration with the World Food Programme  Tuesday conducted a one day sensitisation for forty  (40)  ward councilors drawn from Banjul and Kanifing. The event was held at the Kanifing Municipal Council Hall. 

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Speaking in an interview The Standard, Ngange Jeng of NDMA who also doubles as the disaster coordinator for the municipality said that the rationale behind the sensitisation was to enhance and harness the understanding of councilors on disaster and related issues. 

He described the role of the councilors in disaster mitigation and prevention as “crucial”, taking into consideration the fact they are the ones who normally deal directly with their communities in the event of a disaster.

Mr Jeng further called on the participants to fully disseminate the knowledge gained from the sensitisation to people in their various wards. 

“Similar events were held in all the regions of the country. This shows you the importance NDMA attaches to food security especially during emergency situation,” he said.

Jeng further revealed that his office cannot satisfy all the disaster victims at a go, but rather, priority would be given to the most vulnerable groups in society such as women and children.

He finally commended EU through the World Food Programme for sponsoring the whole exercise throughout the length and breadth of the country. 

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