By Frank Okoh, Maiduguri
The Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB) has inaugurated the first set of disaster response and management course participants at the Tukur Buratai Institute for War and Peace (TBIWP).
The personnels participated in rigorous training in disaster management, mainstreaming disaster risk reduction, hazard mapping vulnerability and risk assessment.
The course which took place between March 1st to March 26th was attended by 17 participants drawn from the armed forces, Nigeria police, Nigerian Army University Biu and other paramilitary organizations.
The aim of the course according to the institution was to equip junior and middle level commanders with the necessary techniques and skills required in disaster response and management.
A statement issued yesterday by Hassan Rabiu Ismaeel, Public Relations Officer of NAUB, which quoted the vice chancellor of the university, Professor Kyari Mohammed, said preparing for disaster in time of peace is crucial especially, in consideration of the multifaceted security threats facing the country.
Kyari noted that Tukur Buratai Institute for war and peace is currently in talks with government agencies especially, Borno State government, which is desirous of some programmes on stabilization and post conflict and peace building in areas liberated by Nigerian armed forces.
” The institute will be a center of excellence in research and this will be attained through advocacy, quality research and policy relevant courses that will be introduced.
” The institute offers different courses in areas of speciality such as counter terrorism, cyber security, counter insurgency and strategic communication,” the statement reads.
Kyari urged personnel that participated in the program to transfer whatever they learnt in order to build a strong pool of early responders during and after disasters.
Also speaking, the director training of TBIWP, Maj. Gen. A B Adamu noted that the course equipped participants with the requisite knowledge required to fight disaster, adding that disaster is part of human activities which need proper training on how to manage.
The director TBIWP, Brigadier Gen. A Dadan-Garba (rtd), in his remarks, applauded the vice chancellor for his initiative of transforming the center to institute with expanded mandate, functions and for his special interest in the progress of the institute.
A total of 10 modules were taught to participants as the course lasted.
They include; Meaning of terminologies in disaster response and management course, disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness, disaster response and relief, participatory stakeholder engagement and disaster communication.