The Controller General, Federal Fire Service (FFS), Engr. Joseph Garba Anebi has said that, aside working towards reducing cases of fire outbreaks in the Country, his agency, is committed to both reducing fire risk and improving capacity to fight fires.
Engr. Anebi stated this yesterday, when he took an on-the-spot assessment tour of a section of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), depot in Pogo village, Paikoro Local Government Area , which was gutted by fire.
The Fire Service boss who stressed the need to switch resources away from emergency response towards prevention said, his visit was to further ensure that adequate safety measures are put in place to curtail a reoccurrence.
While describing fires as annual occurrence that tend to arise courtesy of human errors, he emphasised that if left unchecked, can have devastating effects, hence, the need for efficient and prompt response of the service to outbreak and related tragedies.
Engr. Anebi who was worried about the level of destruction of facilities at the depot Nigerians to purchase improved fire detection capability equipments including , finding and extinguishing fires in the shortest possible time after they start is critical.
He said, ” We are committed to both reducing the fire risk and improving capacity to fight fires, because to be effective we need to switch resources away from emergency response and towards prevention. ”
The CG reiterated their resolve to introducing education and awareness activities in villages to encourage careful use of fire at all seasons, and engaging with stakeholders and policy-makers to develop long-term solutions.
He urged Nigerians to always imbibe fire precautionary measures and regulations in order to guide against an outbreak.
The NEMA Zonal Coordinator highlighted adequate measures that have been put in place after the incidence, he assured the CG of unwavering collaboration among agencies in the State in ensuring the safety of lives and Properties, he also stated that the Cleaning of the spilled fuel is still on going.
Earlier, NEMA Zonal Coordinator , National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Niger State Shehu Kafindangi highlighted measures put in place to halt a re-occurrence of such devastating fire
He e assured the CG of unwavering collaboration among agencies in the state in ensuring the safety of lives and properties. He also stated that they had since commenced the cleaning of spilled fuel .
On ground to receive the CG, was the Area manager NNPC, B.K. Gana and the Zonal Coordinator, NEMA Niger State , Alhaji Shehu Kafindangi, who took him on the tour.
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