Report reaching us confirmed that the Honourable Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbegosola on Wednesday 26/1/2022 decorated four (4) newly promoted officers into the substantive position and rank as Deputy Controllers General (DCGs) of the Federal Fire Service.
In a press statement release by the Public relations officer of the service SF Ugo Huan confirm that the following officers were recently promoted to the rank of Deputy Controller General of the service having satisfied the basic requirement to be elevated to such rank; DCG Karebo Pere Samson, DCG Abdulganiyu Jaji, DCG Tesleem Agunloye and DCG Callistus Agu.
The Hon Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola while decorating the new DCGs at the conference room of the ministry, used the opportunity to appoint DCG Kerebo Pere Samson as the new Acting Controller General of the Federal Fire Service following the recent retirement of Dr Liman Ibrahim from the service.
“I will like to congratulate the newly appointed Acting Controller General of the Federal Fire Service and DCGs being decorated here today – Karebo Samson, Jaji Olola Abdulganiyu, Agunloye Teslim Oluokun and Agu Callistus Kanny (rtd). Karebo Pere Samson will therefore mount the saddle of the service in acting capacity until a substantive Controller General of the service is appointed, the Minister said.
“It is of particular interest to me when the Acting CG said he joined the service as a fireman. It means the service has a standard operating procedure that can leverage every fireman in becoming the Controller General,” The Minister further reiterated.
Aregbegosola use the opportunity to laud President Muhammadu Buhari for transforming the Federal Fire Service to an enviable state where it is today. Because under my watch, the current administration in the Service noted that between 2015 till date, the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has committed more resources into the Federal Fire Service than since its creation in 1901.
“The attention and resources devoted by the Buhari led administration since 2015 is more than whatever has been put into it since its establishment in 1901”.
Ogbeni Aregbegosola in the area of fire-fighting operation hailed the Federal Fire Service for saving 587 lives, and property worth 18.9 trillion naira in the year under review, “last year, the Federal Fire Service responded to 2,845 SOS distress-calls in which 136 lives and property worth N3 trillion were lost. But the Federal Fire Service was able to save 587 lives, rescue 260 persons and save property worth N18.9 trillion.
“In summary, the stock of the Federal Fire Service has grown in leaps and bounds as the agency has contributed significantly to national security – in the protection of lives and property,” the Minister revealed.
The Minister who acknowledged the visionary leadership and invaluable contributions of the immediate past Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Dr. Liman Alhaji to the Federal Fire stated that he will miss working with the former CGF, ” I must not fail to commend and thank the erstwhile CG, Ibrahim Liman, for his innovation, industry and perspicacity. He is the human instrument of the revolutionary changes at the FFS. His capacity to grasp issues and policies and make them actionable is legendary. I will miss working with him. I thank him for his invaluable services to the nation through the FFS. I pray that he will be happy and fulfilled in retirement and have resounding success in his endeavours,”
Earlier in her welcome address before presenting the DCGs to the Minister for decoration, the Secretary to the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Correctional Services Board (CDFICB) Hajiya Aisha Ahmed Rufai urged the DCGs to live up to the billing for more which is giving, more expected.
The Acting CGF, Karebo Samson while responding on behalf of the newly promoted officers, expressed his appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for the confidence reposed on them, stating they won’t disappoint Nigerians in discharging the statutory responsibility of saving lives and property of Nigerians.