Safety is expected to be the watchdog this yuletide as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Saturday launched a 14-day special emergency operation on major roads within the South-East.

The special operation is tagged: “Operation Eagle Eye.’’ 

Launching the exercise in Enugu, Nigeria; NEMA’s South-East Co-ordinator, Mr Walson Ibarakumo, said that the campaign is to ensure that NEMA responds promptly to anybody or group in any emergency situation on major roads across the zone.

Ibarakumo said that the high volume of traffic during the yuletide necessitated the project.

“This special operation, which is tagged: `Operation Eagle Eye’, will last from today, Dec. 22 to Jan. 7, 2019.

“The special operation is aimed at partnering road traffic management agencies to provide surveillance on all road corridors throughout the yuletide.

“NEMA is going to deploy about 50 staff in the three states under the South-East Zonal Office, which are Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu states.

“It will be collaborating with the FRSC, NSCDC, State Ministry of Transport, Enugu State Medical Emergency Response Team (ESMERT) and various state traffic management agencies this season,’’ the NEMA boss said.

According to the zonal co-ordinator over four action-ready patrol vehicles have been positioned in critical areas along major road corridors in the three states.

“We have also deployed two Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) vehicles to resuscitate accident victims while NEMA ambulances are also strategically positioned for daily service.

“NEMA’s hotlines are: 092905777; 08032003555 and 092905895,’’ he said.

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