The federal fire service in Nigeria has expressed its determination to ensure the safety of lives and property of Nigerians from fire disaster and other emergency situations through the enforcement of the fire safety code in the country.
The Controller General of the service, Mr. Liman Ibrahim who disclosed this to journalists in Abuja said the service has created an enforcement department in the Zonal headquarters including the federal capital territory that would work with the state fire service to ensure strict compliance.
“We have equally moved down from state to the communities across the country because the closer we are, the better response we receive from the people, and I assure you, we are not living any stones unturned.”He said.
The Controller General, who appealed to the public to cooperate with the service in its bid said that the enforcement could only succeed when the people complied to the safety code and other lay dawn rule of the agency.
“But you see, in a situation when we try our best and the people fail to comply, the law will take its course,” Ibrahim said.
He remarked that the service has 32 fire fighting trucks that already manufactured for delivery that would enhance their operations when they arrive stressing that the new minister, Mr Rauf Aregbesola has promised that the vehicles would soon be delivered.
The Controller General informed that some trucks already delivered would be deployed to some zonal offices hence the drivers of the trucks have been trained to effectively manage them.
“We got delivery of those fire trucks since but we have to train the drivers very well because it is a complicated appliance that needs expertise, the drivers just have completed their training last week”.He noted.
”For us to succeed, it is not an issue of enforcement but issue of compliance to the law, we are coming to assist you but when you are not ready to accept our recommendations, we will now use legal enforcement means to ensure that people comply safety standard,” the controller general said.
Mr. Liman, however, noted that the Federal fire service would continue to partner other sister agencies in the fight against fire disaster and other emergency situations in the country.