The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Thursday said that fire incidents have been high this year in the country.
He disclosed this at the passing out ceremony of 5th Cadets and commissioning of new modern fire fighting trucks, at the National Fire Academy, Sheda in Kwali Area Council of the FCT.
“The dry season has been particularly harsh and prolonged and could have been a contributing factor. You should, therefore, brace up for a very active season of fire prevention and control.”
He charged the CG and his officers to put in place measures and strategies that would ensure effective deployment and utilisation of this huge fire fighting assets for optimal impact.
“You rev up your campaign against attitude and behaviours that could lead to outbreak of fire, and other fire preventive measures for government institutions, private organisations, individuals and especially markets.
“Experience has shown that markets are more susceptible to fire outbreaks and the effects there are usually devastating leading to anguish, pains and unquantifiable loss of goods and property.
“You should also work with other law enforcement agencies in cases where arson is suspected, and you have to bring the culprits to book.
“Fire prevention and control are the cardinal responsibility of government. You are the agency to undertake this assignment. I have no doubt that you will deliver,” he said.
He assured that he would strive to ensure that the service got all the necessary support for effective delivery.
He also appreciated his predecessor, Abdulrahman Dambazau, for his achievement, saying “a portion of the credit for delivering the vehicles must go to him.”
NAN reports that the highlight of the event was the commissioning with over 100 modern firefighters trucks and the passing out of 2,200 cadets.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulazizhttps://nnn.ng/fire-incidents-high-this-year-says-minister/
NAWOJ National Election: Akingbehin launches campaign Oct. 2
Senior Editor Ayaba Omobolanle Akingbehin, who is contesting the Vice President’s seat, Zone B, of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), is to launch her campaign on Friday, Oct. 2.
The NAWOJ election is to hold on Nov. 11, in Minna, Niger State.
A statement by Akingbehin-For-VP Campaign Council, announced on Sunday in Lagos that Mrs Abosede Adelaja, the Assistant Secretary, NAWOJ, Lagos State chapter, is the Campaign Coordinator for Lagos.
It said that Modupeola Sobukonla, Chairperson, Ogun NAWOJ, would coordinate other states in the zone that comprises of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti.
It said that the candidate’s vision was to ensure that NAWOJ South-West, B-Zone, remained an indivisible entity while focusing on training and retraining of the female journalists in the zone.
“l will focus more on developmental programmes and trainings.
“When elected, l will ensure that NAWOJ South-West, B Zone, stands on truth and fairness,” the statement quoted Akingehin as saying.
She appealed to other contestants across the country to make their campaigns issue-based and avoid attack on personalities.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan and Ephraims Sheyin
FCTA moves to reposition fire service to boost service delivery
Director, FCT Fire Service, Mr Julius Opetunsin, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Opetunsin also expressed determination of the FCTA, to refocus the efforts of the service on fire prevention and enforcement, instead of fire fighting.
According to him, once people know what to do to prevent fire outbreak, there would be reduction in the number of incidences.
“We want to ensure that each house has at least, one fire extinguisher, among other fire gadgets.
“Between January and March 2020, FCT Fire Service responded to about 180 fire cases.
“So, up to August ending, we responded to about 356 fire cases, without any casualty, largely due to our prompt response,” he said.
He said that the Federal Executive Council, recently approved the purchase of four water tankers and four water tenders.
He said part of the equipment have already been received while others are being awaited by the end of September.
He explained that fire extinguisher was not difficult to use, adding that it was a different thing to have fire extinguisher and it was another thing to know how to use it.
“Before using it, you have to remove the safety pins, if not removed, you will not be able to press the lever.
“It is then, you will push either the powder or carbon dioxide out of the cylinder, while directing the nozzle to the seat of the fire, you don’t fight the fire at the surface.
“Note that you only use fire extinguisher at the initial stage of fire outbreak when the fire is small; you don’t use it when the fire is getting out of control.
” At that point, you call the fire service because there is limit to what an individual can do.
That is why it is necessary for you to have our control room numbers, which are 092906118 or 112. Then contact the nearest station.”
He advised each home in the FCT, to have a functional fire extinguisher, always put off electrical appliances and remove them from the socket when leaving offices and homes.
He also warned against prolonged use of air-conditioners.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Felix Ajide
FCTA, NAPTIP sign MoU on women rehabilitation centre
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the centre is located at Sabo-Lugbe in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), of the territory.
Mr Austine Elemue, Special Assistant on Media to the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, in a statement on Sunday, said the minister presided over the signing of the MoU between FCTA and NAPTIP in Abuja.
She called on both parties to respect the terms and conditions spelt out in the document, adding that the centre would be managed by NAPTIP for a period of two years.
The minister commended the Director -General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, for her doggedness in the battle against trafficking in persons.
She stressed the need for collaboration and synergy between relevant agencies in the fight against human trafficking in the country.
“I want to appreciate our sister, the Director General of NAPTIP, who is always there for the plight of the vulnerable women and youths, and anything against their fundamental human rights.
” She goes out of her comfort zone to ensure that none is maligned in the society, today’s event has demonstrated her zeal to look for more decent accommodation for vulnerable women.
“These are all the giant strides of a leader and we appreciate you and your team. Hopefully and sincerely, under two -years period, all that is written here is legally binding on both parties.
‘ And as the one charged with the responsibility to oversee the signing of this document, I sincerely hope that today will mark the beginning of many beautiful things to come,” the minister said .
Aliyu also called on the management of NAPTIP , to ensure that the facility becomes a point to reckon with in the management of vulnerable women and youths.
The minister assured that the facility would provide the needed shelter for those in need.
Earlier, the Director General of NAPTIP, Okah-Donli, also commended the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, for their support in matters relating to trafficking in persons and other related offences.
She assured the FCT Administration that the collaboration between the two parties would yield positive results, adding that the centre would be a beckon of women rehabilitation and empowerment.
” You have been very supportive to our agency, I want to assure you of this existing synergy and collaboration between my agency and FCTA, it is going to be bigger and better and we are not going to take it for granted.
“I also want to thank you for giving us the opportunity of getting to this stage of signing an MoU.
” Thank you for giving us a facility where women will be rehabilitated and empowered, where children of victims of trafficking, victims of sexual and gender based violence will be empowered and rehabilitated.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Omowole
NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.
“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.
“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.
The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.
“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.
The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.
“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.
“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.
“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza