August 24, 2021
The Abuja Operations Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) held a one-day stakeholders training for emergency responders in the Federal Capital Territory on Tuesday, 24th August 2021.
The training, according to Mr. Justin Uwazuruonye, Head of Operations, was designed to educate participants on how to utilize extricating tools onboard the new Rapid Response Vehicle, which was supplied to the agency by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
He stressed the importance of training emergency stakeholders on how to use the instruments so that they can handle emergency victims professionally.
“In Nigeria, emergency response services are severely lacking, and we have been able to establish that victims of trauma, such as road traffic crashes and collapsed structures, die needlessly or are confined to wheelchairs over time. As a result of unprofessional handling by first responder agencies or spontaneous responders.
“It is in view of the above that we at the Abuja Operations Office of NEMA saw the need to train our critical stakeholders alongside our operational staff.
“On the use of extricating tool onboard the new Rapid Response Vehicle and other critical equipment for search and rescue within our area of responsibility,” he said.
Mr. Uwazuruonye added that the training, which would be in batches, is expected to improve the capacity of the responders in equipment handling. He added that the training would help them improve their ability to save lives in the event of a disaster.
Mr Moses Oyegun, a participant from the FCT Emeergency Management Agency (FEMA) commended the agency for the training. According to Oyegun, the training allowed them to learn more about how to reduce the impact of emergencies and disasters on those who are affected.
Participants included NEMA, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Federal Fire Service, the FCT Emergency Mangement Agency (FEMA), and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC)