Disaster management Stakeholders debriefed on Population Movement Simulation Exercise

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Stakeholders in disaster management in the country have been briefed on the population movement simulation exercise that was recently conducted at the Jiboroh border in Kombo east.

Organised by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Gambia office and the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) last Thursday, the debriefing session discussed salient points that are crucial in the improvement of disaster response mechanism within West Coast Region.

Stephen Otieno Matete, IOM programme officer said the forum will contribute to the already established contingency plan which was tested at the Jiboroh border post simulation exercise. “These guidelines will save lives, ensure and increase migrant protection by ensuring that migrants entering into the country are treated in a safe and dignified manner,” he said.

West Coast Region governor Bakary Sanyang said the exercise was a good experience for all sectors.

Regional disaster coordinator Binta Sey-Jadama said the debriefing forum targets to enable stakeholders to identify the gaps that were left blank during the exercise and device solutions to fix them. “Some of the challenges that various stakeholders face during the simulation exercise was that, some institutions were left behind due to communication barrier and some due to logistic problem. Others could not be reached at all,” she said.

Author: Fatou B. Cham