The Federal Fire Service has yet again commissioned new batch of firefighting trucks. The event which took place at the headquarters of the service on Tuesday, had in attendance dignitaries from all walks of life. The Special Guest of honour, Mr.Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who was represented by Sir Olusegun Adekunle a Permanent Secretary in the office of the SGF in his address, pledged President Muhammadu Buhari’s continous commitment to the safety of lives and property of Nigerians and foreigners resident in Nigeria.
Mr. Mustapha also pointed that the Federal Fire Service, being one of the key agencies of the Government will continue to be provided with the necessary tools required to secure National Assets and critical infrastructure, thus enhancing economic growth of the Nation.
He further urged the Federal Fire Service to ensure the commissioned modern fire trucks are deployed across the country, as he also used the opportunity to urge citizens to see critical infrastructure provided by the government as their own and so ensure they are protected.
Speaking also at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Barr Geogina Ehuriah lauded the unending support President Buhari is giving to paramilitary agencies in the Ministry in which FFS is one. In her words “Since the current administration came to power in 2015, the Federal Fire Service has continued to enjoy improved funding which has changed the face of the Service from a hitherto moribund institution with dilapidated and outdated fire trucks and accessories to a Fire Service equipped with modern firefighting trucks”
Barrister Ehuriah also urged men and women of the Service to re dedicate themselves to hard work in order to ensure improved service delivery to Nigeria in the area of fire prevention, firefighting and safe guarding of lives and property.
The Controller General, Federal Fire Service, Liman Ibrahim MIFireE in his welcome address could not hide his joy as he expressed his appreciation to the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari for all the support the Service has enjoyed under his administration. CG.Liman Ibrahim, emphasized that the commissioning focused only on 12, out of the forty four (44) trucks approved by the Federal Executive Council in 2017 and 2018. According to him, 19 out of the outstanding is ready for shipment and 13 is at the finishing stages of production but the Service cannot take delivery due to reduction in the 2018 and 2019 Federal Fire Service Capital budget proposal.
The CG therefore used the opportunity to seek the intervention of Mr President for special intervention funds in the sum of N9.2B to enable delivery of the remaining equipments as it will go along way in addressing the firefighting mobile deficit across the country. He assured the Government and Nigerians that the Federal Fire Service will continue to make good use of the provided equipment to ensure the safety of lives and property across the country.