The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has urged all security agencies under a joint-operation code named Eagle-Eye to ensure the safety of lives and property during the yuletide and New Year celebrations as more security operatives and disaster support personnel have been deployed to strategic locations under the joint operations.
The Director General of NEMA, AVM Mohammed Audu-Bida made the call at a Preparatory meeting of the stakeholders of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and security agencies as well as some stakeholders in disaster management as more support equipments are distributed nationwide to avert likelihood of any disaster, especially road accidents, traffic congestion and robbery attacks this season.
The joint stakeholders of security agencies have banned hawking along the major high ways and use of fire crackers as road traffic offenders would be penalized according to the relevant laws.
Audu-Bida urged commuters and the public to cooperate with security personnel in their effort to make this yuletide period a disaster-free. He said that: the focus of this exercise is to minimize incidences of traffic congestion, road accidents, robbery attacks and disastrous situations for hitch celebrations.
Some of the equipments being deployed include tents, body bags, search and rescue equipment and First Aid Kits. Other facilities being used include mobile clinics and ambulances while contacts have been made with major hospitals to be on alert to treat victims of road accidents and other disasters.
AVM Audu-Bida said the two previous years of the similar operations yielded positive results in reduction of road accidents and crimes while the people celebrated in safety. He said More personnel and equipment have been deployed this year for another successful operation. People are advised to be cautious and observe safety measures to have full celebrations.
The joint operations code named Eagle Eye is being carried out under the auspices of NEMA with the active participation of the Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Commission, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, Federal Fire Service, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian Red Cross Society and Directorate of FCT Road Traffic Services.