A three-day psycho-social workshop for red cross volunteers opened in Jos

The Plateau State Government says it has adopted a holistic approach to addressing the psycho-social needs of victims of disasters in the State.  Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency, Alhassan Barde, stated this at the opening of a three-day psycho-social workshop for red cross volunteers and stake-holders in Jos.
The workshop tagged “PSYCHO-SOCIAL SUPPORT – Hope and Strength” drew participants from Plateau, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.
Declaring the workshop open, Executive Secretary SEMA, Alhassan Barde, said with the growing dimension and magnitude of disasters across the world, there is the need to articulate a holistic approach to rehabilitating victims of disaster to make life more meaningful for them. Represented by SEMA director of relief and rehabilitation Bintan Wuyep, the executive secretary added that the agency in collaboration with relevant stake-holders are working round the clock on how best victims of the recent bomb-blast in Jos are to be supported and rehabilitated. Chairman, International Committee of the red cross Van Lung, described Plateau as a peaceful state and said his agency is going to collaborate with government and other agencies in touching the lives of victims of disasters across the world. Earlier, Secretary general of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Bello Haman, represented by head of learning and organisational development Andronicus Adeyemo said the essence of the workshop is to train volunteers and stake-holders on how to respond to disasters. There was a goodwill message from the Plateau State secretary of the Red Cross, Manasseh Panpe.

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