22 November, 2021
The Director General of Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency,(FEMA), Alhaji Abbas Idriss has attributed the high rate of accidents during the ember months to over speeding, overloading and poor maintenance of vehicles.
Speaking on a Radio Programme in Abuja, the DG appealed to motorists, particularly commercial drivers to observe all road protocols this yuletide.
He informed that the agency has been meeting with the National Union of Road Transport Workers on the need to practice safe driving culture.
Noting that the Federal Government was doing it’s best to rehabilitate roads in the country, Alhaji Idriss said it is safer to drive slowly and get there alive.
On his assessment of response to disaster management, he said FEMA was a coordinating agency,” We have all manner of professionals because we collaborate with other emergency agencies. We have an emergency response plan, a road map, which cuts across every SDA and MDAs”.
“So we relate with all structures in the system. We have paramedics attached to our ambulances eqquiped with oxygen”. He said.
On provision of emergency exits, particularly in high rise buildings, the FEMA boss lamented that most buildings in the FCT were deficient. He said that an inspection carried by the Agency uncovered a lot of infractions, adding that it is not too late to correct them.