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Published On: Thu, Jun 12th, 2014

FG to build 227 fire stations across Nigeria

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By Doyin Ojosipe

Minister of Interior, Abba Moro has disclosed the federal government’s intention to build 227 fire stations in the country yesterday.

Speaking at a fire safety award presentation by a group, Fire Disaster Prevention and Safety Awareness Association of Nigeria (FDPSAAN), the Minister, who received the award on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, stated that the federal government is already  making consultations with a consortium of American project development companies as regards the building project.

He also disclosed that, in a bid to improve on  fire service technology and delivery, “ the Federal Fire Service, in partnership with private organisations have been able to develop a Federal Fire Alert system, the system that triggers-off alarm on the detection of smokes that could lead to fire outbreaks.”

While commending the group for its selfless contribution and efforts to help reposition the Federal Fire Service in order to achieve an effective service delivery to Nigerians, Comrade Abba said that the just-concluded annual fire service conference, which took place in Calabar was meant to create a network of stakeholders in the industry who would share ideas on how to tackle fire disasters in the country.

Earlier, the President of the Fire Disaster Prevention and Safety Awareness Association of Nigeria (FDPSAAN), Mr. Badanga Ahmed Lamidi, who presented the award to President Goodluck, disclosed that the organisation has been able to produce a practical research document to help stall fire disasters in market places.

Mr. Lamidi commended  President Goodluck for  his concern for victims of the  fire outbreak at a Sokoto market, by donating a sum of N250 million for compensation, but however regretted that market fire outbreak was more rampant in the country and has impoverished many business-minded Nigerians, who lost goods worth millions to fire outbreak.

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