Yobe: CPWEI, GSF empower communities on dangers of explosives

In an effort to raise awareness on how to ensure safe mining, the Child Protection and Women Empowerment initiative (CPWEI) in partnership with with Grow Strong foundation (GSF) has Tuesday commemorated international mine awareness day 2024.

The event which took place at desert multipurpose hall Damaturu, Yobe state has as it theme, “Protecting lives, building peace”

Speaking at the event, the executive director, CPWEI, Maryam Hassan Gambo, said the celebration was to bring awareness on dangers associated with explosive ordnance.

She noted that this is as a result of conflict in the North east specifically in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states where explosives reminant of war and unexploded ordnances has caused harm and destruction to the inhabitants of the states.

“We are here to commemorate this day and amplifier the message of risk associated with this mine explosives ordnance and how people should avoid and report as early as possible when they come encountered with these explosives ordnance,” she said.

A programme director GSF, Musa Gambo, adviced Yobe communities to understand the risk and impact of explosives ordnance as people don’t know how it looks like.

On his part, a stakeholder in Yobe, Bala Abubakar Mohammed, revealed that the awareness teaching on mine explosives ordnance is very important and timely.

“This group they have tried on bringing such workshop to educates and sensitise people on the importance to let people or community to avoid any abundant no matter what it’s especially the explosives in order to save lives in the community,” he said.

He commended the organizers and called on the participants to utilize and extend the knowledge acquired at the event to the general public particularly the miners in order achieve the set objectives.