FEMA SET TO DEPLOY TECHNOLOGY IN MANAGING DISASTERS, RESCUES 2025 LIVES FROM FLOODING LAST YEAR, DG.
13 January, 2022.
The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) is working out modalities to deploy drones to monitor this year’s climatic outlook and flood in the FCT, in order to enhance the safety of residents.
Director General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja stated that the agency is also working to reduce its response time from 5 to 3 minutes.
“We also intend to ensure prompt dissemination of year 2022 NIMET and NIHSA flood outlook with a view to guide farming activities and safety of lives and properties”. He said.
Giving a breakdown of the activities of the agency last year, the Director General said, 2,025 lives were saved from flooding, with the highest figure of 802 coming from the Trademore Estate flood incident in Lugbe, while five lives were lost to flooding in the area.
He added that FEMA rescued 1,444 persons from various fire rescue operations including that of the Ebeano Super Market fire where 74 persons were rescued, the Kugbo furniture market fire with 102 lives saved and 300 lives from the Gwarinpa old tipper garage fire.
Alhaji Idriss informed that the agency recovered 26 vehicles during the rescue operations at Trademore while183 houses were submerged during the period under review.
He revealed that the Agency recorded an increase in the use of its112 toll-free emergency number, as it received 173 distress calls in 2021, as against 153 in 2020.
“Other rescue operations attended to in 2021 included incidents of collapsed buildings, where we were able to rescue 17 persons; we however lost 2 lives.
“Drowning incidents claimed one life while we rescued 7 persons from various rivers. We recorded 2 incidents of gas explosion, thankfully no lives were lost. We also lost 7 lives to Military Air crash”, he said.
On the profiling of Internally Displaced Persons in the FCT, Idriss explained that as at 2019, 28,686, IDPs across the FCT were profiled on the basis of gender, age and occupation.
He furthed stated 1,128 IDPs children were enrolled in 15 LEA schools in AMAC,Bwari and Kuje Area Councils between 2019/2020
The FEMA boss, however said that, “inadequate funding as a result of insufficient budgetary provision have been a major challenge and we have tried to address this through collaborations with Non-Governmental Organizations and prioritizing our activities” He said.