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The Refresher training is a follow up to the training held in february to disucuss the challenges facing the Zonal Analysts as regards their reporting into the system and to further build their capacity on the expected products from the National Early Warning System (NEWS) which have hitherto been lacking.


The meeting started with the opening session: welcome address from the Program Manager, Participants expectation and Ground Rules. Afterwards, there was the discussion centred on Reflection on Gaps since the previous training moderated by the Program Officer.

The First Working session started with a presentation by the Program Manager on “Existing Regional EW Operations: a case study of ECOWAS”. The session exposed the participants to the mechanisms of the ECOWAS Early Warning Early Response system referred to as ECOWARN at the sub regional level comprising of all the West African Countries.

Thereafter, the second session was an overview of the WANEP Nigeria National Early Warning System otherwise referred to as NEWS by the Program Officer. This session highlighted the roles of the Zonal Analysts in the NEWS and the expected outputs such as the Weekly Highlights and Monthly Early Warning Bulletins from  the six geo political zones.

The next presentation titled “Communication and Response Mechanisms for Early Warning” was presented by the National Network Coordinator of WANEP Nigeria with emphasis on methodology of Data Collection and Data analysis. Thereafter, the participants were subjected to pratical excercises on the proposed output of NEWS which include: Report writing, Weekly Highlights, Monthly EW Bulletine, Policy Briefs, Situation Tracking and the Country Annual Risk Index.
Pratical excercises on the Weekly Highlights and Monthly Early Warning Bulletins were done and assessed with the necessary corrections and inputs made.

The training served as an avenue to refresh the Zonal Analysts on their roles and responsibilities to NEWS, it was also a forum for engaging additional hands from the zones as analysts as the work seems quite overwhelming for a single person to effectively carry out at the zones.

Zonal analyst tried their hands on developing a Weekly Highlight as well as an Early Warning Bulletin for the month of October


  • The National office should increase the number of meetings with the zonal Analysts so as to improve the mentoring process.
  • The National office should increase the number of days for future trainings to accommodate robust discussions and give room for more simulation exercises on the various products of the EWS.
  • The need for Zonal analysts to be having meetings with reporters at their various zones.
  • More Analysts should be engaged at the zones.
  • The analysis derived from the reports sent to the EWS should be widely circulated through a list serve.
  • The need for reporters to be reporting incidence reports and effective monitoring from zonal analysts making sure that reporters send in reports.
  • There should be suggestions to the IT Designser of the website on how the system can log out automatically after a period of being idle so as to safeguard the system from being compromised.
  • TOR to be developed and sent to all Zonal Analysts, Zonal Coordinators, State Reporters and focal persons so as to forestall clash of intrests amongst all actors concerned on the HERD Projects.
  • The alternate zonal analysts should continue with their reporting into the system while they start to make arrangement for another organization to carry on with reporting for the states. Their output will be assessed by end of December.
  • The EW Forum on the website should be activated for more robust discussions.
  • Notices of meetings/ trainings should not be less than two weeks so as to enable particiants adequate preparation for such event.


Implementation of the detailed zonal work plan which will commence by   June, 2011