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The National Early Warning system(N.E.W.S) was designed as part of the Humanitarian Emergency Response and Development (H.E.R.D) project of WANEP-Nigeria, which was designed as a platform to facilitate the contribution of civil society organizations towards the reduction of risk or vulnerabilities of humanitarian crises during conflict or disasters in Nigeria.  The Early Warning System is an integral part of the regional West Africa Early Warning Network (WARN) developed to facilitate civil society  based early warning and response network in West Africa with emphasis on human security as well as feed into ECOWAS Early Warning Network (ECOWARN).
The N.E.W.S has being functional since 2008, with trained organizations – one per state and FCT- monitoring proximate issues that can lead to conflict or disaster  across the 36 states of Nigeria.  The monitors report online into the ICT based N.E.W.S, the data submitted are subsequently analyzed and developed into documents like Monthly Bulletins, Policy Brief etc to inform critical actors with the capacity to respond to prevent, prepare or mitigate potential humanitarian crisis.

The new phase of the HERD project (2010 – 2012), seeks to improve the data gathering aspect of the N.E.W.S by deepening the reach of data gathering to rural communities via working with relevant LGA departments as well as improve on the analysis aspect by having a zonal level analysis structure.  This is to decentralize analysis for more effectiveness and timely response at the state and national level.

The NNC  gave a goodwill/welcome address to commence the training stating that  the concept of WANEP NEWS was based on the success story of WANEP Nigeria Early Warning which is now a reference point for WANEP, ECOWAS, and AU relationship. Followed by a presentation of an Overview of WANEP with the objective of   participants  having a hindsight of WANEP Early Warning System, and have a clear direction of what is expected of them to further enlist their support.
Other topics like: Overview of Early Warning/Theories in Early Warning, CONCEPT OF HUMAN SECURITY, Hazards and Vulnerabilities, Overview of Community Conflict Analysis and lots more educative topics were discussed and thoroughly dissected in the course of the training
The objective of the training workshop is to develop and strengthen the capacity of Zonal analyst with skills for data gathering aspect of the N.E.W.S by deepening the reach of data gathering to rural communities via working with relevant LGA departments as well as improving on the analysis aspects by having a zonal level analysis structure.  Also to develop a decentralized analysis for more effectiveness and more timely early response at the state and national level

The six newly engaged zonal analyst were adequately equipped with requisite knowledge and skills for analysis while expected output from them were well spelt out and understood which are as follows:

  • Supervise the reporters in their Zone
  • Be the link person between the reporters and the Secretariat
  • Monitor reporters, follow up and know why they are not reporting
  • Send conflict tracking report to the Secretariat – which will include the status of the problem, issues emerging from the conflict in the zone(new challenges and updates should be included)
  • Produce weekly highlights from incidence report being submitted by reporters from their zone- which will capture environment, social economic, etc analyzing it state by state.
  • Every zone will produce a monthly bulletin from the report generated from their zone.
  • Produce policy briefs – though not always.
  • The Secretariat will produce Annual Risk Index in collaboration with Zonal Analysts.
  • At the end of training sessions, six (6) HP Laptop computers and six (6) Globacom Internet Modem were presented to the six (6) Zonal Analysts to enhance their job

It is also expected that each zone should embark on advocacy visit to local and state government in their various zones in order to create avenue for full participation of CCDs and ministry in the next phase of the project. The ministry for local government, rural development and chieftaincy affairs should properly engage in the new project. Zonal Analyst, reporters, Zonal Coordinator and a Secretariat staff should form the team for the advocacy visit.
Each zone should produce an action plan for the advocacy visits and submit it to the Secretariat to avoid clashes in the program implementation.
The time frame for zonal advocacy visits and training should be between February – April, 2011