The harmattan wind is blowing already and burning bushes could result to unexpected infernos.

This advise is especially for farmer who burn bushes on their farmland ahead of the planting season.

That is why the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA has advised against arbitrary bush burning, especially close to residential areas and business premises.

The South-East Coordinator of NEMA, Walson Ibarakumo, gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Enugu.

Ibarakumo called on artisans and traders to desist from storing fuel in their shops, adding that “leaving the flammable liquid over-night could be a disaster”.

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He said that NEMA would start a zonal sensitisation to enlighten communities on dangers of indiscriminate or uncontrolled bush burning.

He said “... today, NEMA is engaged in proactive emergency management and not reactionary form of emergency management.

“So, we are commencing a proactive zonal sensitisation against bush burning in some communities this harmattan period.

“NEMA will visit major markets, especially timber and building material markets in this zone to alert the people on possible fire outbreaks and means of stopping it.”

He added: “We are looking at the situation where our people no longer fall victims of fire disasters so that the multi-million naira losses recorded yearly will be checked and eliminated in the long run.”

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