The Governor of Kwara State, Abudulrahman Abdulrazaq, has appealed to Nigerians and relevant stakeholders to cooperate with the Federal Fire Service to ensure enhancement of better service delivery and viable safety networks in order to reduce loss of lives and property.
According to a statement signed by Public Relations Officer, Federal Fire Service, Ugo Huan, the Kwara governor made the appeal while flagging off the 10th edition of the National Council On Fire Conference in Ilorin on Monday.
Abdulrazaq lauded the organisers for hosting the conference tagged “Technology: An Imperative For Enhanced Service Delivery In The Fire Sector” in the state.
The governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Ministry of Works and Transport, Dr. Yusuf Garba Manjo, noted that the conference would help in strengthening effective service delivery in the fire sector.
“In recent years, fire has destroyed both government and private properties and other socio- economic activities in different parts of the country. Kwara State is not exempted from this sad and ugly occurrences,” he said.
He further called on Kwara residents to partner with the service in order to curb fire incidents.
The Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Alhaji Liman Ibrahim, called on the Kwara governor to restructure the state’s fire service which he said was facing a number of challenges that could affect quality service delivery.
Ibrahim stressed that the duties of the Fire Service has evolved overtime as the service was now actively involved in collapsed building, flood and other forms of emergency rescue.
“Our daily schedule is no longer restricted to fire in building alone; it now includes responding to incident of collapsed building, both occupied and under construction. Flood disaster and other natural and man-made disasters have also taken centre stage in our sphere of influence as fire and rescue service providers,” he said.
According to the statement, the fire chief said that the ever-evolving and increasing threats to lives, property and the environment continues to expand the load, strain and capacity to respond effectively, hence the vital role technology plays to enhance the level of preparedness for effective fire fighting.