The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Niger State, in collaboration with other emergency responders has warned motorists against reckless driving, before, during and after the celebration of the forthcoming Eid-el-kabir festival.
The Director-General of the agency, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed gave the advice at the launch of 5-day Operation Eagle Eyes exercise tagged “Safe Eid-el-Kabir” organised by the agency on Sunday, in Minna, the state capital.
Ahmed, who was represented by the Head, NEMA, Minna Operations Office, Hajiya Zainab Sa’idu explained that the operation in collaboration with stakeholders was aimed at reducing accidents and other emergencies on the roads.
He said personnel of the agency had been directed to be positioned at all exist of the state from July 18 to July 22, to sensitise road users on the need to embrace safety measures during the Sallah celebration.
“The agency headquarters observed that it is necessary to have operation “Eagle Eyes” just like we do every yuletide period to sensitise the public to adhere strictly to traffic rules in order to have accident free celebration,” he said.
Head, Search and Rescue Unit, Mr. Hussaini Isah who read a welcome address on behalf of Hajiya Zainab Sa’idu, Head, NEMA, Minna Operations Office, said the agency would work together with stakeholders to ensure the success of the exercise.
He said the exercise was a step to further prepare for any eventualities that may arise as emergency responders ready to respond to any accident, emergency and other disaster that may occur during Sallah festival.
Isah added that the operation was a standby mechanism that would ensure that emergency responders were not taken unaware and were able to save lives.
Highlight of the events was a display and practical demonstration of extrications tools usage to keep them intune and ready to respond to any emergency that may arise during the Sallah festival.
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