NEWS NEMA, stakeholders act to prevent road accidents during holiday season

NEMA, stakeholders act to prevent road accidents during holiday season

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and stakeholders such as the National Road Transport Workers’ Association (NURTW) and its counterparts, the Nigerian Road Transport Employees Association (RTEAN), among others, have taken action to prevent disasters during the Christmas season in Niger State.

The meeting, with different key stakeholders, resulted in the launch of Operation Eagle Eye 2022 to keep roads safe over the Christmas period.

Hajiya Zainab Sai’du, Head of Operations Office at NEMA Minna, explained that Operation Eagle Eye is an initiative to support first responders to road emergencies such as the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), with which the agency has been working closely.

“This operation is a comprehensive idea that starts with sanitizing road users, especially during the Christmas season when traffic is high across the country,” she said.

Collaboration among stakeholders will help curb road accidents, she said, adding that the agency is focusing on prevention by continuously raising awareness among road users to be careful while driving.

Sai’du noted that Operation Eagle Eye also doubles as a mechanism to deal with any emergencies that may threaten people’s lives during the festival.

She revealed that agency staff will be patrolling different roads in the state and will be on standby alongside the agency’s ambulances to respond to any calls for help during the festive season.

She called on stakeholders to support the action as disaster management is everyone’s business, adding that all must work together to ensure breakdowns and accidents do not occur over the Christmas period.

Representatives of the Vehicle Inspector (VIO), the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Nigerian Red Cross and the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) praised NEMA’s efforts to reduce road accidents in their respective statements. to minimum.

According to them, road hazards have decreased thanks to the annual launch of Operation Eagle Eye and pledged their full support for the agency over the Christmas period.

They pointed out that safety is everyone’s business and pledged to go back to their various organizations to pass on the message of safety tips for road users to ensure their vehicles are in good condition before hitting the road, avoid driving fatigue and wear comfortable clothes while driving. , eat light food and avoid overloading.

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