Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola commissions 10 ultra modern Fire Service Trucks Worth ₦1.8 Billion.
The trucks would help fight incessant fire outbreaks in the country.
Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday in Abuja commissioned 10 Ultra Modern Fire Service Trucks that would help fight incessant fire outbreaks in the country.
According to Aregbesola, the trucks cost ₦1.8 billion. The price was made known by the Minister on its official twitter page.
“Today I commissioned, 10 Ultra Modern Fire Service Trucks worth N1.8bn into service of the Federal Fire Service”
The acquisition follows the approval of N11 billion for the purchase of 22 firefighting vehicles for Nigeria’s Federal Fire Service by the Federal Executive Council on Nov. 7, 2018.
During the inauguration, said the immediate deployment of the trucks to zones would help fight incessant fire outbreaks in the country.
He urged the service zonal offices and training schools to optimise and effectively use the assets acquired to enhance emergency response operations.
He also warned state governors with the notion to privatise government firefighting trucks to desist from the act. He advised them to return the already possessed ones to the state fire service.
“The trucks are not for private purposes; buy yours and we will train your fire men for free without charge. But will not give you our fire trucks.”
“Do not confiscate fire trucks and desist from such acts,”
Aregbesola advised the service to intensify efforts on inspecting buildings certification. He say if need arises, buildings that failed to comply should be sealed off.
“This is essential because we have noted that many grand buildings, especially public buildings, are not fire and other disaster compliant.
“Many of them do not have fire hydrants, assembly points nor emergency exit routes.”
The new fire trucks, according to reports, has been deployed to seven states. With this, the fire services’ presence in states with fire trucks has increase to 26 states, leaving out 10 states.