The Minister of state for Budget and National Planning, Mr. Clem Agba says that the fire which gutted part of the Treasury house building on Wednesday, did not affect the data center where important documents were kept by the office of the Accountant General .
Speaking in an interview with newsmen after the fire was put out, the minister said he had been briefed on how the fire started.
According to him, the fire started on the fourth floor after a staff of the ministry put on an Air conditioner which resulted in a spark. The staff who immediately switched off the AC, ran downstairs to get help when he noticed smoke coming out.
The Nigeria fire service in collaboration with the fire service from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and firefighters from Federal Capital territory (FCT) fire service, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and that of Julius Berger, a construction company were able to extinguish the fire.
Mr. Agba said that his team has gone round the offices affected by the fire, heaving a sigh of relief on seeing that the data center where records were kept was left untouched.
“There is no dis function, so we haven’t lost any records. I also should remind you that for a while we have really gone digital so yet we have some documents that are kept manually but a lot of what we do is online”. He explained
“And even if the data center were to be affected we have the backup center that is outside of Abuja for recovery for event that we lose the data center. The only thing that has happened to the data center is the exterior where we have the cooling unit at the back because the center always have to be cool. So one of the immediate steps we have taken is just to shut down the data center since the cooling units are not functioning again and we have directed that those cooling units should be immediately put in order so we don’t loss anything” The minister added.
Mr.Agba assured citizens that data records were intact. He, however, acknowledged that few documents got burnt, but that financial transactions were intact.
“We will be doing full scale investigations using the right professionals just to determine exactly what happened”, the minister added.
He disclosed that there was no cause for alarm as the ministry is now digitally complaint and payment of workers’ salaries will not be affected.
” Accountant general can work from the house to approve payment and the COVID 19 relief fund doesn’t reside in the Accountant General’s office or in this building. What we have done with this COVID fund is to open account at the CBN and also open five different accounts in commercial banks so that donations made are immediately swept into the Treasury Single Account (TSA) with the central bank.”