International Volunteer Day: FEMA Calls For More Volunteers

8 December 2018 National News News

As the world marks the International Volunteer Day, the FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, , has called for more volunteers in creating a safer, conducive and peaceful world.

The Director General of FEMA, Alhaji Abass Idriss, made the call when he led the Agency’s staff and volunteers on a walk-show in Abuja.

DG FEMA Alhaji Abass Idriss addressing volunteers

  Alhaji Idriss pointed out that the sacrifices and contributions the volunteers were making around the world and the Fct, justifies the United Nation’s Resolution that recognises them.

He lauded their commitment in strengthening communities to withstand or recover from the impact of disaster.

The DG FEMA, further stated that the theme of the day ” Volunteers Build Resilient Communities ” justified FEMA’s community- based disaster management strategy that places its over 300 Volunteers as first responders across the six area councils of the Fct.

Alhaji Idriss enjoined the volunteers to be more proactive in monitoring their respective communities with a view to averting acts capable of breeding conflicts.

“FEMA will continue to expand its volunteers network …in disaster prevention and response… In furtherance of the ideals of volunteering, FEMA will continue to encouraged the formation of more volunteers clubs in Fct Schools, and also see that students actively participate so that they can use the knowledge, skills and experience acquired to impact positively on their communities”

Also, the acting Director, Relief and Rehabilitation in ,FEMA, Mrs Rachael Alkali hinted that the agency had about 350 volunteers spread across the area councils of the Fct, and called on well meaning Nigerians to be part of the humanitarian service by registering and making themselves available to serve.

A volunteer, Osundu Ogwuaku said he often set his time to control traffic, rescue those in danger and on several occasion donated blood to safe life.
Other volunteers, Mrs Achoda Bilikisu and Mr Tony Ilechi unanimously said they derived pleasure in giving protection and care to those in need, as a way of giving back to humanity.

The theme for the 2018 International Volunteers Day is: ” Volunteers Build Resilient Communities”

By:Remi Johnson/Abuja

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