The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has set up additional emergency response stations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The emergency response ambulance bays situated along Ahmadu Bello Way, near the Federal Secretariat and another one located at Kubwa Expressway had been inaugurated by the agency.
Speaking during the inauguration of the response bays, the Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammed Sani-Sidi, said with the facilities in place, emergencies and disasters can be drastically reduced and losses to lives and property curtailed.
“As a responsive Agency, NEMA has continued to evolve strategies and programmes to ensure the survivability of victims of emergencies and disasters. One of such strategies aimed at reducing response time is the emplacement of emergency response facilities at strategic locations.
“In actualising this strategy, NEMA in conjunction with the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) identified strategic places within the FCT, where emergency response facilities could be located and which could serve as a forward operating base for NEMA.
He said NEMA, together with a firm of architects came up with a prototype design of the Emergency Response and Ambulance Bay (ERAB), adding that ERAB was designed to be self sustaining in terms of amenities.
“The prototype was subsequently constructed at Lugbe interchange along the airport road – which is one of the other identified strategic locations.
“The construction of the ERAB at Lugbe has greatly enhanced NEMA’s response to Emergencies within the environs. The positive feedbacks from the populace lend credence to the wisdom of establishing the ERABs and gave impetus for the speedy replication of the bays at the identified places within the FCT.
Expalining further, Sani-Sidi said ERAB was an improved version of the earlier prototype design.
“Our ultimate aim is to promote the ERAB as a national standard and to replicate same across the Federation. We believe this will go a long way in helping to bring succor to distressed persons, especially in cases of emergencies and disasters,” he added.