The National Council On Fire Conference holding in Ilorin, Kwara State was declared open on Monday by the Governor of Kwara State, His Excellency, Abudulrahman Abdulrazaq.
The Governor who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Ministry of Works and Transport, Dr. Yusuf Garba Manjo, thanked the National Council on Fire for choosing Kwara as the venue of the 10th edition of the National Council on Fire Conference. The Governor stressed that the conference will help in strengthening effective service delivery in the fire sector.
He used the opportunity to appeal to citizens and relevant stakeholders to cooperate with the Nigerian Fire Service to ensure enhancement of better service delivery and viable safety networks in order to reduce the loss of lives and property.
The Governor Abdulrazaq in his delivery, reiterated that ” 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 these sad and ugly occurrences”. He then called on the Fire Service to embark on more awareness campaigns to buttress fire safety awareness.
The Controller General, Federal Fire Service, Liman Ibrahim MIFireE, while delivering his welcome address said, the importance of the Fire Conference cannot be overemphasized. In his words ” The impact of the National Council on Fire Conference is a priceless asset in the fight to curb the spate of uncontrolled fires in our nation and cannot be overemphasized”. The CG said “the theme of this year’s conference, “TECHNOLOGY: AN IMPERATIVE FOR ENHANCED SERVICE DELIVERY IN THE FIRE SECTOR” is affirmative of the the key role technology plays in our lives.
He went further to acknowledge 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.
Furthermore, Controller General emphasized that the role of the Fire Service is beyond firefighting, in his words, ” our daily schedule is no longer restricted to fires in buildings alone; it now includes responding to incidents of collapsed buildings, both occupied and under construction, flood disasters and as well as other natural and man made disasters, have also taken centre stage in our sphere of influence as fire and rescue service providers.”
He also used the opportunity to appeal to Kwara State Government to intervene in the challenges faced by Kwara State Fire Service, who he said are in dire straits. The CG called on the Governor to take a cue from the transformation the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has brought to the Federal Fire Service, while urging all Fire Services to intensify efforts in keeping the nation free from uncontrolled fires and other unsafe acts by embracing technology as a means of modern firefighting.
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