The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, on Tuesday urged the private sector to partner with the state government on disaster management.

Aiyedatiwa spoke at a sensitisation workshop on disaster management organised by Ondo State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in Akure, as part of its preventive moves to address disasters.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants were drawn from federal and state fire services, Non-Govermental Organisations, health officials, religious organisations, Red Cross Society of Nigeria, amongst others.

The theme of the event was, “Challenges of Disaster Management and roles of stakeholders in disaster risk reduction”.

Aiyedatiwa said that the workshop was important as part of the state government’s efforts at preventing and mitigating disasters around.

He said disaster management all over the world was increasingly becoming business of all, as government alone could not handle it.

The deputy governor said that the workshop was a gradual attempt at shifting from over concentration on relief and rehabilitation efforts to holistic management of disasters by building capacity through education and awareness across the state.

He said that Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had recently approved the repair and refurbishment of some fire fighting trucks and ambulances under the state fire service agency.

Aiyedatiwa appreciated National Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Fire Service for their efforts in disaster management in the state and the country at large.

“Disaster Management, world over, is increasingly becoming the business of all. Government alone cannot undertake the whole gamut of interventions involved, from sensitization, preparation and mitigation to response and recovery.

” It has to be the collective efforts of government, business community, civil societies and members of the public.

“I again admonish our friends in the private sector to partner with state government on this very important duty of disaster management,” he said.

Also speaking at the event, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mr Gbenga Akingbasote, said the gathering was essential in view of some natural disasters the state had experienced in the course of the year and the inevitable ones ahead.

He said the gathering would discuss and ruminate together, to synergise better, and support the state government for a more efficient and effective disaster management strategy.

An Environmentalist and Lead Discussant at the event, Mr Seyi Ebenezer, said for disaster management to yield results, it should be given priority and mainstreamed into everyday decision-making.

The Secretary of SEMA, Mr Femi Obideyi, appreciated all participants for taking the workshop serious and urged them to put to use lessons learnt about disaster management in their various capacities.