The head office of the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, in Abuja was on Wednesday temporarily evacuated for an emergency evacuation drill organised by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The exercise was organised by NEMA in collaboration with the Federal Fire Service and other emergency/disaster management and security agencies.
At the end of the drill, the Registrar-General of CAC, Mr Bello Mahmud, called for closer collaboration among security and emergency/disaster management organisations in the country.
Represented by Mr Kunle Omowole, the Director of Compliance in the commission, the registrar said “we are all aware that security is currently a big issue in this country.
“Recent bomb threats, bomb blasts, incessant fire outbreaks, natural and man-made disasters and a host of emergency management challenges have resulted in the loss of many lives and destruction of property.’’
Mahmud commended the fire service, the Red Cross, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other stakeholders for collaborating with NEMA to organise the exercise.
Mr Chonoko Ishaya, the Abuja Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, said that the exercise was pursuant to the agency’s mandate of monitoring the state of preparedness of government organisations for disaster management.
Ishaya told members of the NEMA management and staff of CAC at a sensitisation lecture that preceded the drill that the exercise was aimed at educating them on emergency evacuation procedures.
“The exercise is to encourage CAC to conduct such drills on regular basis and build its capacity in emergency management,’’ he said.
The NEMA coordinator added that the exercise would culminate in the development of an emergency evacuation plan for the commission.
Representatives of NEMA, NSCDC, Red Cross and Fire Service delivered papers at the sensitisation lecture.
On his part, Mr Daniel Gambo, NEMA’s Director of Training, said the drill would henceforth be carried out on regular basis.
Represented by the Director-General of NEMA, Mr Muhammad Sidi, the training director advised the staff and management of CAC to take the exercise seriously “because emergencies can happen anytime’’. (NAN)