- The federal government through the Federal Fire Service is making efforts to curb the incessant fire disasters in Nigeria
- To ensure the situation is addressed, 20 basic life support ambulances and seven fire trucks have been acquired by the service
- The minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola commissioned the equipment on a day the service was bidding goodbye to some of its senior officers
FCT, Abuja - A total of twenty (20) basic life support ambulances and seven fire trucks have been commissioned by the Federal Fire Service (FFS).
The commissioning which was attended by Legit.ng, took place during a pulling-out-parade ceremony by the FFS in Abuja recently.
At the well-attended ceremonial pullout occasion of retired officers, the minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was the guest of honour.
Others who attended the event are the permanent secretary of the ministry; Dr. Shuaib M Belgore, the Controller General of the Nigeria Correctional Service; Haliru Hababa and House of Representatives committee chairman on interior Sani Zangon Daura.
Others are the director-general FCT Emergency Management, Alhaji Garba Abbas, and a representative of the director-general of the National Emergency Management Agency.
Some of the retired Officers who were ceremonially pulled out of service include the Engr. Q.G Azogu; Deputy Controller General, DCG, of FFS Engr, K.C Agu Ph.D., the Deputy Controller General of FFS, and Thompson O. Mohammed, the Assistant Controller General, ACG of FFS.
The occasion was held few days after new officers were decorated with new ranks which added more DCGs and ACGs ranks to the service.
During their speeches at the event, the minister and the permanent secretary commended the Controller General of the FFS with praises due to his performance and how he transformed the service in just a short while.
Meanwhile, experts have noted that insurance, proper planning, and a central electricity generation system are important steps in curbing the disturbing spate of market fires across the country.
This was the consensus at the second edition of the Grow Nigeria Conversation in Abuja on Thursday, May 27 monitored by Legit.ng.
Engr Joseph Garba Anebi; former past Controller General of the FFS (represented), Debbie Windele, a fire safety expert; and Dr. Taibat Lawanson, urban planning, and development specialist at the University of Lagos were part of the panel.
Others were Dr. Usman Ado Kibon; director, Centre for Disaster Risk Management, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Ebose Austin Osegha, CEO/MD Anchor General Insurance Company, and McDonald Ifeanyi, an IT specialist.
Organisers of the event had earlier informed Nigerians that they are bringing together experts to address the disturbing spate of market fires, its tolls on the ordinary people, and the deepening poverty level in Nigeria.
This was disclosed in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, May 25 by organisers of the conversation series.