21 December, 2021
The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency, FEMA has appealed to public spirited Nigerians to imbibe the culture of voluntary blood donation to save lives particularly in managing accident victims who are often in urgent need of blood.
The Director General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss stated this in a keynote address to mark the 2021 International Volunteers Day in Abuja.
Alhaji Idriss informed that FEMA has over 2000 volunteers driving it’s community based disaster risk reduction in the six area councils of the FCT, noting that they served as town criers to disseminate information in the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
He described the theme of this year’s celebration, “Volunteer now for our common future” as a clarion call “to each and everyone of us to contribute our quota in whatever way we can towards improving the lives of our fellow humans and by so doing we build a better world for us to live”.
Earlier, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha said that volunteerism could combat depression in people because it gives the volunteer a sense of purpose and social inclusion .
Represented by a Director in the office of PHolitical and Economic Affairs of the SGF, Mr Bisong Patrick, Mustapha said volunteerism ensures active citizenship, reduces stress as a struggling life style leaves us anxious and over burdened.
In an opening remark the Acting Director, Relief and Rehabilitation Department of FEMA, Engr. Mohammed Abdulrahman stated that the Agency was working out modalities for the training of volunteers in all services needed in the coming year.
In a good will message, the representative of the Volunteer Services Overseas, Ms. Moyo Oladayo informed that all hands must be on deck to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and create an inclusive future for us all.
Nkechi Isa, Danson Magaji, Olivia Okeke