Officials of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Emergency Management Department have intensified the administration’s ‘Operation Know Your Neighbour’ campaign, with 112 emergency number awareness walk campaign, at the Wuse market, Abuja, to educate FCT residents on the initiative.
Peoples Daily reports that the 112 emergency number street awareness walk was to educate and encourage FCT residents on the basic steps to take whenever there is an emergency.
According to the head, Public Relations Unit of the Department, Josie Mudasiru, this is not the time for people to be aloof, as disaster management is not a one man show but a collective affair.
She said for the first time, a lot of people are quite enthusiastic about the initiative, especially those who were getting to know about the 3-digit toll free emergency number.
“That is why the FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, initiated the ‘Operation Know Your Neighbour’ campaign; thus all hands must be on deck for us to reduce risk in the Territory.
“My team got thumbs up at the Wuse market when a Trader who was skeptical tried the number and it went through,” she expressed.
However, Mudasiru noted that the department’s greatest challenge is that of people not being safety conscious.
According to her; “when there’s a bomb blast, people rush to the scene rather than away from it, forgetting there’s a likelihood of another bomb detonating.
“People drive with toddlers either sitting or standing in the front seat; and I think it is because no one has gone to jail for Child abuse that is why this has gone unabated; but I recently read about a mother who was jailed in the United States because she left a nine year old to play unaccompanied in a public park.”
She therefore advised resident to support the government’s safety initiatives and be vigilant and Safety conscious; know their neighbour and teach their children about the 112 emergency numbers, as a way of contributing towards making it safe for living and recreation purposes.