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Fire Service Trucks Now Shelter For Reptiles In Kaduna, SEMA Boss Laments



The Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Emergency Agency (SEMA), Ben Kure has disclosed with lamentation that the 23 fire service emergency trucks worth millions of naira acquired by the immediate past administration are wasting away and have become shelter for reptiles in almost all of the 23 local government areas of the State.

Interracting with journalists in his office, the just appointed SEMA boss said the vehicles could not be put to use by the present government because they are lack adequate or enough water carrying capacity to tackle fire emergency situation.

“We inherited 23 fire trucks from past administration which have low capacity to fight emergency. These vehicles are now homes to reptiles. I cannot really say what this government to do with them, they are just lying down in all the 23 local government headquarters.

“However, we are working towards acquiring modern and effective trucks and organise capacity building workshop for fire men and other emergency personnel towards attaining best world emergency practising standard.

“We will also try to identify other State emergency agencies that have succeeded in areas of emergency and see what can be learnt from there”.

The SEMA boss also took a critical look at issue of fuel being stored and hawked in residential areas, saying it could cause monumental fire disaster that may lead to loss of lives and property.To this end, he advocated for whistleblowing on illegal fuel storage and on other emergency isssue to make the agency more proactive in its responsibility.

“Filling stations owners should be more proactive and adhere strictly to none sales of fuel in Jericans to discourage storing fuel at home.

“There will be town hall meeting very soon to involve all relevant stakeholders, encourage whistling blowing in emergency issue, set up committee at each local government areas, and as well mount awareness and enlightment campaigns to reduce emergency cases at least by 50 percent to reduce impact or damages”.

The SEMA boss said he is foreseeing a situation where the agency will be equiped with adequate technological facilities for effective and on the spot tackling of any possible emergency outbreak in the State.

He added that the agency is planning to introduce distribution of fire extinguishers in every home, begining from Government Reserved Areas (GRA) across the State as part of measures to checkmate emergency cases.

Kure, who is the former chairman of Jaba local government area of the State, however made case for recruitment of additional staff for faster and better service delivery during emergency.



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