Honourable Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, onTuesday 28th September 2021 alongside other top government functionaries deployed a modern fire fighting truck to Cross River State Government. This was contained by a recent press release by the public relations officer of the Federal Fire Service, SF Haun Ugo Sandra, Fire Fighters Magazine gathered.
Rauf Aregbesola at the occasion of the commissioning express his displeasure and condemn the constant attack on fire fighters by hoodlums when carrying out their responsibilities. He therefore said the Ministry of Interior will henceforth deploy men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to give adequate security cover to fire fighters during emergency operations across the country.
“We are deploying armed personnel of the Civil Defence as the advance team to every fire emergency. ”They will be armed so whoever therefore dares to test our will, will pay dearly for it henceforth. “So, to be forewarned, is to be careful as they are to secure every ground of emergency and enough of wilful damage of expensive fire trucks and grievous physical attack on fire service personnel. ” Some characters just use disdain excuses to damage and attack our trucks and grievously so on personnel and this makes it difficult for them to carry out their assignment professionally,” he said that the deployment of armed men has become expedient following the incessant and unwarranted attacks on fire fighting equipment and personnel when responding to fire emergency, he said.
The Hon Minister of Interior urged communities to be the first line of defence for fire fighters as they stand up to own the fire fighting equipment deployed to their communities to save lives and property. “Our communities now should stand and own-up the fire fighting equipment deployed for their use at a huge cost. “They should be the first line of defence in the face of attacks from vandals, hoodlums, and unruly armed elements and must not allow those characters own the space because at the end of the day they will be the ones to suffer for lack of response. “These personnel attacked are not less Nigerians, but are Nigerians with rights to their own lives and safety.
Gov. Ben Ayade while speaking at the event said the state government is ready and willing to acquire more state of the art fire fighting trucks to help safeguard lives and property. “We are known as a tourism state, so public safety must be our priority so we will reflect this visit in our budget for 2022. “This is to ensure we provide for the acquisition of this kind of truck to support all our 17 local governments because this one will be in Calabar municipality where the largest population is situated,” he said.
He, however, said that the emergency response system in the state had remained a bit challenging because of its warning system. “Fire outbreaks happens imperiously, unplanned and most times it becomes a state of emergency,” he said. The governor appreciated the Federal Government for deeming the state worthy of the deployment of one modern fire fighting truck as he solicited for more.
“The state has water everywhere by the virtue of its name, so we needed a truck of this nature to help respond promptly in an event of emergency,” he said.
Dr Ibrahim Liman Alhj, Controller General (CG) Federal Fire Service, said that the newly deployed truck was to complement efforts of the State Fire Service. “This is to improve fire fighting capability and enhance service delivery in the state,” he said.