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Insecurity: NEMA organises evacuation drills for FG workers in Enugu

As the nation continue to face serious insecurity challenges in
parts of the country, the National Emergency Management
Agency, NEMA, has staged a one-day emergency evacuation
drill/simulation for federal civil servants in Enugu State, just as
it called for more robust synergy among relevant agencies in
disaster management.

The programme, which was held at the Federal Secretariat
Enugu, under the coordination of the South-East office of the
Agency, commenced with a controlled bomb explosion exercise
by the police anti-bomb squad.

However, the deliberate explosion, led to the prompt arrival of
various emergency and disaster management organisations,
such as NEMA rescue team, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence
Corps, NSCDC, Emergency Management unit, NSCDC anti-
terrorism unit, Enugu State Emergency Response Team,
Enugu State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, the Red
Cross Society, Fire Service, among others.

In his speech during the evaluation and interactive session,
south east zonal coordinator of NEMA, Dr. Bandele  Onimode,
had explained that the agency decided to embark on the
exercise so as to educate the workers on what they should do
whenever there is bomb threats or scar in their environments.

He explained that it was aimed at assessing not only the
promptness of the rescue team but also those who may have
been within the area of any form of disaster.

Hear him :“The need for proactive measure in preventing,
responding and mitigating the impact of such emergencies
cannot be overemphasized on the part of employers,
employees and critical stakeholders in disaster management
thus the need for education, collaboration and synergy
amongst each other.

“It is in view of the above that NEMA in its coordinating and
collaborative effort is presenting the tips which if adhered to
will go a long way in mitigating the impact of these

“The idea is to prepare our minds should this kind of thing
happen; do Boko Haram members issue alerts when they want
to strike? Does fire or flood issue people with notices? He
queried, stressing that “we are living in an environment where
we all have to be at alert.

“We noticed here that while the fire was still on some workers
were busy trying to take photographs; these actions could be
dangerous during real terror attack”.

On some of the things  workers should know before the
occurrence of an emergency, the NEMA south east boss,
admonished  them to be familiar with their worksite’s
emergency evacuation plan, the pathway to at least two
alternative exists from every room/area at the workplace, know
where the fire evacuation alarms are located and how to use

Addressing the participants, the officer in charge of the anti-
bomb squad in the Enugu State Police Command, ASP Joseph
Bassey, explained that the primary duty of the police in the drill
was to produce the disaster effect.

“What we did here today was a controlled explosion; actually it
was an IED (Improvised Explosive Device); we used a radio as
IED, so we have to be careful how we use telephone, radio
and anything that has to do with electricity” the security
operative advised

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