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Yuletide: NEMA records 2 fatalities, 21 emergency cases in FCT

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it recorded two fatalities in 21 emergency cases during the yuletide…

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it recorded two fatalities in 21 emergency cases during the yuletide in FCT.

The Head, Search and Rescue of the agency in FCT, Mr Labaran Ahmed, disclosed this over the weekend in Abuja while inspecting the six emergency response units, set up under the `Operation ‘Eagle eye’ initiative.

“So far, we have responded to about 20 to 21 incidences from the beginning of this operation with two fatalities; majority of these incidences, if not all, are road-related crashes.

“There was only one fire incident which occurred in Gwarimpa Estate on Christmas Day,’’ he said.

A volunteer, Abraham Machu, who is a dentist and retired civil servant, called for the extension of the operation to minimise road crashes in the FCT.

“If it is all year round, the incidences of accidents will be reduced drastically but if it is only in the festive period, we will not achieve much.

“I suggest that government should think deeply and try to do more and to employ the very young volunteers,’’ he said.

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