Written by Laraba Murey

Humanitarian ministry organises campaign to reduce fire disaster

Saddled with the responsibility of coordinating all actions in disaster preparedness and mitigation in the country. 


The  Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development,Friday,organised public awareness campaign for private and public organisations with the aim of reducing fire incidents. The event which held in Abuja,in commemoration of the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction,


With the theme for this year’s celebration : “Disaster Risk Governance”. 


As part of the campaign, men of Federal Fire Service were seen performing simulated fire exit drill requesting persons to observe guided protocols in quenching fire during  outbreaks .



Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, who explained that the purpose of the fire exit or evacuation drill was to ensure effective and efficient use of the exit facilities available in the case of emergency.



According to the minister, the focus of the event was “in raising awareness among the public and private organizations as well as mitigating the risks of fire especially in the high rising buildings.” 



“Such drills ensure orderly exit under control and prevention of panic that has been responsible for much of the loss of life in major fire disaster. 


"Experience and research have shown that panic, stampede and smoke inhalation rather the burns from fire have been responsible for loss of life in the major fire disaster history,”she said. 


“We are translating the call for disaster risk reduction into action and departing from the normal rhetoric in making international days with speeches,” she said. ' 



What we have just done is remarkable, considering the series of incidences of fire disaster in public and private building in Nigeria”,regretting that,” In 2020 alone we have witnessed more than 20 fire incidents in both public and private buildings.” Farouq added 


 Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Nura Alkali in his welcome address emphasised the importance of preventing disaster. 


He added that  “Workplace safety is key to the planning and disaster risk prevention and reduction. Hence all government departments and offices must ensure that the minimum safety standards are observed in all their buildings as the first line of defence against disasters. Aisles must be cleared of blockages, fire extinguishers properly placed and first aid boxes provided. Let us not lose our people through disasters that can be prevented".


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