Imbibing Crowd Control Culture to Save Lives

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Imbibing Crowd Control Culture to Save Lives

Crowd control management is an essential part of everyday living.

It is evident that the country is yet to imbibe this culture and this is glaring at political events, sport avenues, religious gatherings and in time of crises to rescue people.

People are encouraged to leave the comfort of their homes for an event capable of attracting huge crowds without adequate preparation for their safety.

For instance, five persons lost their lives following a stampede at a rally of the All Progressives Congress in Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo, Taraba State.

The party issued a statement promising improved crowd control measures at its subsequent programmes to prevent a recurrence of the incident.

Also in Kano, when the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, visited, nine persons slumped, following another uncontrollable crowd turnout.

The most shocking of all was the death of nineteen job seekers during the immigration interview organized by the former Internal Affairs Minister, Abba Moro.

Crowd control problem has been a common decimal in the history of the Nigerian sports, as stories abound of deaths at stadia due to unruly crowd behaviour.

One of such incident was recorded at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos in 1978, in which twenty-four people died after a Challenge Cup Semi-Final match between Shooting Stars of Ibadan and Bendel Insurance of Benin which was a case of poor crowd management.

This could have been avoided if the organisers had crowd control skills and carried out safety measures before the event.

While the tragedies continue with loss of lives, little attention is paid to preventive safety measures unlike the developed countries where such is treated as a national calamity.

For example, in the United Kingdom, where crowd control is a major problem, especially during football matches measures were introduced that reduced it drastically.

For Nigeria to put an end to loss of lives organisers of events should ensure that people are not admitted beyond the capacity of the venue.

This can be achieved by numbering the seats and properly making the venue conducive for easy movement and once the place is full, people should not be allowed to enter again for their safety.

Another important measure is to ensure that all the entrances and exits are flung open after the event, so that a stadium, no matter its capacity could be emptied of its occupants within a few minutes.

It is imperative that the people are held accountable whenever tragedy occurs as a result of poor crowd management while provision should be made for adequate number of security personnel at public events to ensure security of lives and property.

Fawzeeyah Kasheem



1 Comment

  1. Matilda says:

    This is really useful, thanks.

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