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Search and rescue: NEMA promises swift response

By Kenneth Ehigiator

LAGOS—The National  Emergency Management Agency, NEMA said yesterday that it had learnt its lessons from the Beechcraft 1900D missing aircraft which crashed at Obanliku, Cross Rivers State, stressing that its focus was to respond swiftly to road, air and sea emergency situations.

Director-General of the agency, Air Vice Marshal Audu Bida (rtd), made the declaration at the graduation ceremony of the first Search and Rescue commanders in Lagos, yesterday.

He said there was the need to acquire more sophisticated equipment, noting that representation had been made to government in this regard.

He disclosed that the Federal Government was helping the agency to acquire equipment, including helicopters for aerial survey and search and rescue in the event of accident.

According to him, “the problem is getting the pilots to fly them. We have to do a lot of training; we have to buy a lot of equipment. NEMA as far as I am concerned is still in its infancy stage.


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