The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has launched “Operation Eagle Eye’’ in Sokoto State as part of effort to render emergency medical services to road accident victims during yuletide.
The Head of NEMA Operations Office, Sulaiman Mohammed, on Friday while flagging off the special yuletide road safety campaign, said they have deployed several medical emergency response vehicles and personnel along major highways in the state.
Mohammed explained that the move was part of the agencies activities during festivities as increase in vehicular traffic flow becomes prevalent across the country.
He said In case of accidents, NEMA is available to respond swiftly to likely victims to avert casualty, saying that their presence would also serve as a deterrent to motorists.
‘‘The agency had paramedics among its staffers who could offer first aid treatment to accident victims before conveying them to the nearest health facilities.’’ He said.
Mohammed noted that officers would be on highways between 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. daily up to first week of January, 2017.
He added that NEMA would also be partnering with officials of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Nigerian Red Cross and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), among others, as the campaign lasts.
In a related development, NEMA has urged all security agencies under the joint-operation code named Eagle-Eye to ensure safety of lives and property during the yuletide celebrations.
The Director General of NEMA, AVM Mohammed Audu-Bida made the call at a preparatory meeting of the agencies stakeholders and security agencies.
Audu-dida said more security operatives and disaster support personnel have been deployed to strategic locations under the joint operations.
He added that some stakeholders in disaster management and more support equipment are distributed nationwide to avert likelihood of any disaster, notably road accidents, traffic congestion and robbery attacks during yuletide.
The Director-General said joint stakeholders of security agencies have banned hawking along major high ways and use of fire crackers as road traffic offenders would be penalized according to relevant laws.
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