The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has organised workshop on fire outbreaks and other forms of domestic and workplace accidents for stakeholders in disaster management.
Mallam Imam Garki, head of operation, Yola office of NEMA, said the consultative meeting was aimed at advocating adequate publicity for relevant authorities to raise public awareness on causes and effects of disasters for preventive purposes.
Garki also made a case for the installation of extinguishers and other firefighting items in homes and offices as a way of mitigating effects of fires where they occur.
A communiqué issued at the weekend on the stakeholders’ consultative meeting on disaster management which was held in Mubi, Adamawa State, noted that while a few offices are fitted with fire extinguishers, residential building across the country rarely have such equipment, a situation which the meeting said should change.
“The meeting noted and resolved that appropriate fire equipment shall be installed in homes and public places by the respective owners,” the communique stated.
Adding that fire outbreaks and other disasters would often repeat themselves in different homes and offices if the public do not know and prepare themselves against them, the communiqué advised that publicity “should be given before, during and after incidents must have happened”.
The communiqué advised further that the relevant information agencies should be involved in public enlightenment, and urged government to equip and motivate the personnel of security and disaster management agencies to carry out their tasks more efficiently.
The Stakeholders Consultative Meeting in Mubi was organised by the Yola Operations Office of the NEMA.