The Federal Government, on Wednesday, deployed two state-of-the-art firefighting trucks to the Oyo State government.
The trucks, which were received and flagged off by the Deputy Governor, Mr Rauf Olaniyan, on behalf of the State Governor, Seyi Makinde, are to complement the efforts of the State government in view of the recent spate of fire outbreaks in the State.
While presenting the firefighting trucks, the Comptroller-General, Federal Fire Service, Dr Liman Ibrahim, represented by the Assistant Comptroller-General, Procurement, Calistus Agwu, lamented the spate of fire outbreaks in different parts of the State, which had left property worth millions of naira destroyed.
He said the Federal Government, through the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, saw fire fighting as a responsibility of all, hence the need for a robust collaboration between the Federal and State governments.
Liman also sought the collaboration of the State government in enhancing the efforts of the men of the Federal Fire Service domiciled in the State.
He stated, “Following the recent spate of fire outbreaks in Akesan Market in Oyo Town, Aleshinloye Market in Ibadan and tanker fire disaster in Moniya-Ibadan, among others, the Federal government, through the Federal Fire Service, is deploying two state-of-the-art fire fighting trucks to Oyo State.”
Liman disclosed that the deployment of the fire fighting assets to the State was approved by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, in line with the resolve of the government of President Buhari to curb the incessant fire outbreaks with the attendant wanton destruction of the social and economic values of the people and ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizens of Nigeria.
“The deployment of these huge assets to Oyo state is to complement the efforts of the State Fire Service in the Southwestern Geopolitical Zone, in order to improve their fire fighting skills and enhance service delivery,” he noted.
The Fire Service boss also seized the opportunity to table some requests of the Command before the government including, the inclusion of Federal Fire Service in the State Security Council, sponsorship of State Fire Service personnel in local and foreign training in view of emerging trends in firefighting, strengthening of State Fire Service through recruitment of capable hands and enhancing of welfare package of Fire Service personnel.
Responding on behalf of Governor Makinde, Mr Olaniyan said the deployment of the two fire fighting trucks was in the right direction, noting that it would complement the State government’s fire fighting and prevention efforts.
Olaniyan revealed that the deployment was made at the time the State government was about to procure five state-of-the-art fire fighting trucks, adding that, “few fire fighting trucks were functional while some were in a state of disrepair and moribund when the present administration came on board, but the situation has improved.”
While charging the personnel of the Federal Fire Service in the State to maximise the equipment deployed in carrying out their statutory functions, the Deputy Governor also called on the residents of the State to make use of the opportunity by calling on the Federal and State Fire Services for necessary advice and timely actions on fire prevention when the occasion demands.