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To pre-empt disaster: AMML holds market fire drill

16th Dec, 2019 | By Faustina Inalegwu and Jimoh Olalekan | ||

Abuja Markets Management Limited (AMML) has completed its market wide fire prevention and control drill in all of its markets, Neighbourhood Centres and Shopping Complexes. The exercise which was carried out in collaboration with Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service was targeted at sensitizing the traders and management team of each of these markets on the causes, prevention and control of fire incidents.

Disclosing this in a chat with Abuja Digest Weekly, the Head, Corporate Affairs of the company, Innocent Amaechina said that the periodic sensitization and drill on fire has been an integral part of the management techniques in the markets. He noted that it was compulsorily carried out at this time of the year in view of the harmattan season and its propensity to fire incidents. "Over time and in collaboration with the FCT Fire Service, we have continued to sensitize the market users on how to prevent fire incidents, how to fight fire at the infant stage and how best to save lives and properties in an event of fire", he said.

According to him, attention was focused on enlightening the market men and women and other service providers in the market especially security guards who are the only ones left in the market after closure. "They are not only lectured on causes of fire, preventive and fighting techniques but also on the practical application of fire- fighting equipment", he explained. Speaking further, Mr. Amaechina said that as Facility Managers, AMML follows events in the markets across the country and has observed that there was hardly any week that passed without a story on market fire.

"So we have no option than to scale up our activities in the area of emergency preparedness", he noted. According to him, AMML has not recorded any major incident even as be clarified that while luck may not be ruled out, it was also partly as a result of its preparedness. His words:"Just last week, fire broke out in a shop in one of the shopping complexes we manage, but our enforcer on that beat was able to put it out in such a manner that even the traders were not aware of the incident. That is how helpful this enlightenment and drill have been".

He added that the need for Fire Post for the various markets was also pointed out by stakeholders during the exercise assuring that it was being worked out in liaison with relevant organs of the FCTA. Markets that benefited from the exercise were Wuse, Garki, Gudu, Kado and Dei-dei. Others were: Maitama Farmers Market, Garki Mall, Area 1 and Area 2 Shopping complexes as well as UTC, Zone 3 and Apo Shopping Complexes.

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