Terminals and other stakeholders in the ports have been charged to ensure that all necessary facilities are put in place towards the protection of lives and property especially from fire destruction.
General Manager, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mallam Ahmed Yusuf gave the charge over the weekend when firemen of Fire Service Department of NPA underwent a drill.
The development was contained in a press release issued by NPA, noting that the drill took place at NPA headquarters Marina, Lagos.
During the drilling exercise, the firemen deployed their newly acquired fire fighting equipment and skills to demonstrate how to contain fire situation on the main building.
Mallam Ahmed Yusuf, who described the drill as “very successful”, said a total of 8 minutes was spent to evacuate the 7-storey headquarters building by the occupants as against 10 minutes as was recorded last year during a similar exercise.
He explained that in this year’s exercise, there was no record of malfunctioning of any equipment, adding that the sky-lift fire engine and fire fighting equipment were functional.
Yusuf also added that an evacuation of a casualty in a smoked office was simulated during the exercise and was safely transferred into an ambulance for transmission to the hospital, reflecting a real life situation.
He further stated that the evacuation drill was meant to achieve amongst others, the HSE Division’s preparedness to fight fire incidents, create awareness for swift response to fire, as well as assess feedbacks from the workplace for greater efficiency.
Present at the muster point were the Executive Directors, Engineering and Technical Services, Prof. Idris Abubakar, Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello-Koko and the General Manager, Finance, Chief Simon Aniobi amongst other officers and staff of the Authority.