By Kennedy Dimaku:
Federal Capital Territory, FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA has said that its functional toll free emergency number is to meet the need of FCT and its environs in any case of disaster. The three digits number, 112 is to be available at the moment, from 7.00 am to 6.00pm, daily.
Director General, Alhaji Abbas G. Idris made this known at a One-Day Awareness and Sensitization Workshop on “The Role of Government and Stakeholders in Disaster Management in the FCT” held in Abuja. He said that his agency is collaborating with other stakeholders to effectively utilize the number to meet the emergency need of FCT residents in particular and North Central States in general, adding that the 112 will soon become a 24 hours service line.
He said that the workshop is in line with the aspiration to ensure that there is a strong synergy between the stakeholders towards reducing the vulnerability on the FCT and enhancing residents’ needs. “As a new Agency we consider this as crucial to achieving our mandate.” He noted.
He pointed out that FEMA would embark on aggressive sensitization and awareness campaigns through visitations, media and town hall meetings in all flood prone communities of FCT, charging stakeholders to engage in fruitful discussions with a view to proposing pragmatic, cost effective and sustainable solutions to the problems of flooding in FCT.
In a welcome address, Director, Forecasting, Response & Mitigation, Engr. Anthony Efediyi said the astronomic upsurge in the population of FCT with the corresponding explosion in settlements across the territory has greatly raised the tempo of socio-economic and industrial activities in the territory, hence making it increasingly prone to disaster and its residents vulnerable to various environmental hazards. This he said informed the setting up of FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to respond to emergency challenges in the FCT.