Nigeria Appeal No. 01.03/2002 Programme Update No. 02


This Programme Update is intended for reporting on Annual Appeals. Appeal No. 01.03/2002
Appeal Target: CHF 2,831,2 79
Period covered: April - September 2002; last Programme Update (no. 1) issued on 3 May, 2002.

"At a Glance"

Appeal coverage: 71.4%
Related Appeals: N/A
Outstanding needs: CHF 810,566

Update: The programme continued to be implemented in line with the planned appeal objectives, and with the timely support of donors. The various capacity building/development activities supporting branch development, in particular, have improved programme management and reporting. Based on experience gained from supporting the HIV/AIDS programme since January 2002, the OD programme will continue to work closely with the programme departments and branches. More focus will be given to branch development, training of branch governance, and branch secretaries to continuously improve the implementation and reporting on various activities conducted within their areas

Operational Developments:

As a member of the Federal Government's Task Force of the Lagos Explosion of 27 January 2002, the Nigerian Red Cross Society distributed building materials during April-September to rehabilitate 725 houses thereby benefiting over 10,960 families. The fund for the purchase of the materials for the explosion victims at lkeja Military Cantonment was made available by the Federal Government.

Security and political developments in the country continue to impact the overall humanitarian and development initiatives, including:

  • an increase in armed robbery in Lagos.
  • the continuing issue of the imposition of Sharia Law in the north of the country.
  • unrest related to state and national elections, and voter registration.

Disaster Preparedness (DP) and Response

Objective 1: To train, resource and organise five emergency teams of 14 Volunteers in each of six Branches per year and maintain a system of readiness and management support to existing teams.


In July 2002, the training of six DP coordinators and 60 team leaders from the Bayelsa, Nasarawa, Oyo, Kano, Yobe and Imo branches was concluded. In August, a similar training was carried out for six DP coordinators and 60 team leaders from the Abuja, Akwa-Ibom, Zamfara, Taraba, Abia and Ekiti branches. The training has yet to cover team members from the Red Cross divisions in these branches, and these branches have not yet established their own Emergency Teams. The training of the DP coordinators, leader, and deputy leaders was facilitated by the six zonal DP officers and the national officer for Disaster Management.

The NRCS has so far established, trained and resourced a total of 30 emergency teams consisting of 420 trained volunteers from the Kaduna, Delta, Anambra, Kwara, Borno and Osun States branches. These emergency teams received operational materials provided by the ICRC and the Federation.


The training and resourcing of emergency teams was behind schedule because of major relief operations in the first and second quarters of 2002, as well as management and planning problems with the programme.

Objective 2: Ensure that DP and Relief operations are responsive and appropriate through training and use of the VCA technique.


In ensuring that zonal officers initiate proper techniques to branches and that VCA is applied to future operational planning and development, a 17-day VCA training and practical field application was successfully carried out in Lagos and Benue State in May 2002. The training was given to 12 zonal health and DP officers, two headquarters principal programme officers, two government officials from the National Emergencies Management Agency (NEMA), and the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federation OD delegate in Nigeria.

During the field work, participants carried out community based assessment and project planning using Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and Participatory Learning in Action (PLA) techniques in Mbamkungu and Daaikey, two rural communities in Benue State. The two communities were later provided with seed money of CHF 1,604 each to address problems identified during the field work with the communities. The training provided practical experience for the zonal officers and national programme officers to use VCA in their assessment and planning of community programmes. The VCA training was supported by the British Red Cross (BRC) and was witnessed by the BRC Secretary General during his visit to the NRCS in May, 2002.

Objective 3: Develop a national NRCS Contingency Planning (CP) and coordinate with NEMA.


The NRCS, supported by the Federation and the ICRC, has been drafting a National Contingency Plan (NCP). The process was started with a one-week workshop in June 2002 attended by zonal officers (DP), branch DP coordinators, programme officers, government representatives from NEMA, and the Ministry of Health. The Federation and ICRC provided technical and material support, and advice. The process is being carried out with funds made available from the Federation's Capacity Building Fund (CBF).

The NCP process was preceded by contingency planning meetings held in each of the six zones, attended by branch secretaries and their DP coordinators. The objective of the planning process was to further improve the level of preparedness in the Branches and Zones of the NS, ensuring collaboration with other agencies as well as coordination of efforts during any disaster or emergency.

Objective 4: Develop national society DP capacity through technical, management and resource assistance.


The direct involvement of the zonal DP officers in various training activities such as emergency DP teams VCA, contingency planning meetings, and monthly programme meetings has enhanced their planning, operational and managerial capacity, ensured common standards, and reporting procedures. Zonal officers improved their supervision and monitoring of disaster response activities and provided technical support to branches. The Federation has also provided computers, training funds, telephone installation funds, and office equipment to six Zonal officers in order to increase their operational capacity. HF radio equipment provided by ICRC has improved communication between 27 State branches and headquarters.

For further details please contact: Anne Kirsti Vartdal, Phone: 41 22 730 44 85; Fax: 41 22 73303 95; email:

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Bekele Geleta
Africa Department

John Horekens
External Relations Division

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