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FG expends N16.4b for 87 fire trucks to boost fire service operation

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The Federal Governmemt has expended N16.4b for the purchase of 87 fire fighting trucks to boost the operations of the Federal Fire Service across the country.The Assistant Comptroller general of Fire, Federal Operations Karibo Samson stated this over the weekend after conducting a fire exit drill at the Federal Secretariat, Phase 1, Abuja, in commemoration of the the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.It was part of the activities to in commemoration of the the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction by the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and Social Development.He countered insinuations that the approach to fire fighting has been lackadaisical saying the narrative is coming from 30 years hang over.”I went back 30 years because I have that much experience. We are enjoying a new lease of life in the fire service, it has never been like this before.”We have a spread of about 12 zones now. Federal Fire servicewise the federation is split into 12 zones.”So we have a reach into virtually every state in the country at the moment. This kind of trucks valued at cost of N189m and we have taken delivery of about 87 trucks of this nature so you now understand where I am coming from.”He said President Buhari has been very good to the fire service adding that the comptroller general has very good vision for the system that is why they have spread into all the zones in the country.”There is no fire officer that will take his fire vehicle into fire scene and will tell you there is no water whether at the federal or at the State level that will take a truck from the fire Station knowing there is no water in that vehicle and get to the fire scene and will begin to lament there is no water or fuel.”That narrative is in the last 30 years not now. If you go to any fire Station you will see this modern vehicle in every fire station that belongs to the Federal fire service.”On the Synergy with the State Fire service, he said they are in all the States of the Federation, sayjng they are not there to take over their jobs.”The Federal fire service is in nearly every State of the country now. Meanwhile we have the State fire service. Like in Abuja we have the FCT fire service responsible to the metropolis. Federal fire service is in all the States to compliment the efforts of the various State fire services, we are not there to take over their job.”He cautioned Nigerians the Harmattan is around the corner sayin being the peak period for fire occurrences he wants everybody to be safety conscious.He said there is no need to burn bushes which can not controled.”Always make sure you have fire extinguishers that are workable around you, in your houses, in your vehicles.”There are places you might call us of which there may be no network to get across to us. You must be fire safety conscious by getting fire extinguishers, fire blankets to assist you in the kitchen and then make sure you have our contact number.”You can also reach the fire service on 112, if you call 112 from anywhere in the country we will turn out the nearest fire station to that scene. “Those of you in Abuja you can reach us on our control.room phone number. Immediately you call that number somebody is going to respond to you.”Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, said more than 20 public and private buildings witnessed varying degrees of fire incidents this year

Farouq said the purpose of the fire exit/evacuation drill was to ensure effective and efficient use of the exit facilities available in the case of emergency.She noted that such drills would ensure orderly exit under control and prevention of panic that had been responsible for much of the loss of lives in major fire disasters.The minister said, “What we have just done is remarkable, considering the series of incidences of fire disasters in public and private buildings in Nigeria.“In 2020 alone, we have witnessed more than 20 fire incidents in both public and private buildings.“Experience and research have shown that panic, stampede and smoke inhalation rather than burns from fire have been responsible for loss of lives in the major fire disaster history.”Farouq noted that the 13th of October every year had been set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness, educate the public and to mobilise political will and resources in ensuring disaster risk reduction globally.

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has recently organised a Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop and Orientation on its Interventions, Inventory and Logistics Dashboard for its Agencies and Partners.This was contained in a statement that was issued by media adviser to the minister Nneka Ikem Anibeze.It indicated that the workshop which took place at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre was designed to ensure that systems are in place for accountability and transparency in all activities of the Ministry, its Agencies, Programmes, and Partners. 
According to the Director Planning Research and Statistics Mr Raphael Oraeluno, the workshop is to ensure transparency in the activities of the agencies, programmes and partners of the ministry which requires reliable data in the development of the Monitoring and Evaluation system.
“The importance of reliable data cannot be overemphasized, and this is a step in ensuring that adequate processes are put in place for effective monitoring and reporting”.
In attendance at the workshop were all Agencies of the Ministry  including  the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA); National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI); North East Development Commission (NEDC); National Agency for Prohibition and Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP); National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPwD); Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Development Partners and Non-Governmental Organizations.

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The Executive secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities James David Lalu has expressed concern that ministers and heads of agencies of Government do not understand the importance of mainstreaming of disability in development.

Speaking yesterday at the International Day of Persons Living With Disability, he said ministers and other heads of Government agencies should not just make promises on mainstreaming but should approach the ministry of Humanitarian affairs to properly grasp what mainstreaming of disability in development actualy entails.
He said such ministries and agencies that have something to do with the Humanitarian ministry should approach the ministry to learn about mainstreaming of disability in development
“Talking about mainstreaming of disability in development, inclusion of disability in development one very important things.
“I want to say that our ministers that are here should volunteer to come to the humanitarian affairs ministry one day to learn about mainstreaming of disability in development.
“Today is one of the most important day in the disable community in Nigeria. It is a day we stand together with all people to recognize the value and importance of the contribution of the disability community in Nigeria.”Sincerely speaking I like to state here that since independence the disability community had never had it so good as it is happening in this Government.”President Muhammadu Buhari remained the only Presdent that has treated disability in Nigeria more positively.”He came and put in place the national disability act to protect the rights of people with disability in Nigeria. “Again he moved on to provide the establishment of the National Commission for persons with disability, which gave me the opportunity to stand here before you and speak as the executive secretary of the commission.” He described the humanitarian minister Sadiya Umar Farouq as mother of persons with disability in Nigeria.”I think what she has done is something that will be indelible on the minds of persons with disabilities for ever.”When she assumed office as the minister the first thing she took as priority is the establishment of the commission for persons with disabilities.”I remember when I was watching her on Television from Jos last international day for persons with disability her commitment was the establishment of a commission for PLWD and she lived up to it and today I am here standing here from Jos to Abuja.” He said from now henceforth in the next few years the disability community may have no more excuses again because “we have been given the act, we have been given the commission, now is the time for us to make the necessary impact in the disability community.”

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Agency donates reflective jackets to Traffic Police, motorcyclists in Kogi

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By Friday Idachaba

Kogi Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), has donated reflective jackets to the Nigeria Police traffic officers, wardens and commercial motorcyclists to enhance their visibility and safety on roads.

Malam Momoh Dauda, the General Manager of the agency, presented bundles of the jackets to the police and leadership of the commercial motorcycle operators on Wednesday in Lokoja.

Dauda said that the lives of traffic policemen and wardens were constantly in danger as they discharged their duties on roads, especially the highways.

“We don’t need to convince anyone that these traffic officers are vulnerable and exposed to risks and hazards.

“In our own little way, we want to ensure their safety as they carry out this important assignment of directing traffic,” he said.

“At least with these reflective jackets, their visibility will be enhanced from afar and the risk of being knocked down will reduce.

He said that the objective of the CSDP was to reduce poverty by sustainably increasing the access of the poor and vulnerable to services for human development.

“The CSDA through the Community Driven Development (CDD) strategy supports communities and vulnerable groups to fund micro infrastructural facilities.

“This explains the decision of our agency to identify with the safety needs of the traffic police officers, wardens and commercial motorcycle (Okada) riders,” he said

Mr Ede Ayuba, the Commissioner of Police in the state, thanked the state government for its unflinchingly support to the police command in the state.

Ayuba, represented by CSP Comfort Omole, the State Traffic Officer, commended Gov. Yahaya Bello for his support to the command in handling the #EndSARS protests in the state.

“He stood his ground and made us to be successful and we did not record any casualty,” he said.

The commissioner also thanked the management of CSDA for the donation.

“We assure you that within our powers, we will continue to do everything humanly possible to serve the state and its citizens to ensure peace,” he said. (NAN)

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