Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is spearheading an advocacy on disaster risk reduction measures in public and private spaces.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq stated this yesterday while marking the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is celebrated all over the world on October 13.
According to her, the advocacy is to raise awareness among public and private organizations, as well as the general public on how to prepare for and mitigate risks of fire incidents in high rise buildings, high occupancy public and private buildings, as well as workplaces.
She added that this is to ensure that they have fire and emergency evacuation plans in place while practicing fire exit drills periodically.
“To demonstrate this, the ministry, in collaboration with other first responders in disaster management, is organizing the first ever fire evacuation drill at the Federal Secretariat building. The purpose of the drill slated for next week, is to ensure the efficient and safe use of exit facilities available in case of an emergency.
“While we are focusing on fire hazards today, the ministry will continue to evolve strategies which will address not just single hazards like fire and flood, but also those that respond to systemic risks generated by industrial accidents like pipeline explosions and gas leakages.”
The minister called on individuals to pass on to their various homes and offices, lessons that will be learnt from next week’s fire exit drill, to make Nigeria disaster risk-free.
The ministry, since its establishment on August 21, 2019, has been initiating policies and programmes that will build resilience towards disaster risk reduction in Nigeria.