The Niger State Government in a bid to ensure safety of lives and property of citizens from incessant fire outbreaks, has recruited and trained over 151 fire fighters,
Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello disclosed in Minna the state capital when he received a brand new fire fighting truck from the Federal Fire Service to further equip its men in the protection of lives and property in the state.
The Governor said his administration would not relent in ensuring the safety of lives and property of its citizens adding that government will continue to ensure the improvement of infrastructural facilities in the state.
“I know that as a state government we couldn’t purchase brand new fire fighting trucks like this but because we wanted to improve on our fire service, we were to make do with some fairly used trucks which have also been serving its purpose.
“We have made efforts towards improving the fire service in Niger State. Apart from purchasing fire trucks we have also renovated some of the fire stations and we have built new ones in some parts of the state. ”
He further disclosed that plans were afoot to increase the manpower in the sector due to rapid urbanization and the attendant hazards.
The Governor commended the Federal Fire Service for its support and for complimenting the effort of the state government and further assured the Federal Government of proper use and maintenance of the facility.
Earlier, the Assistant Controller, Federal Fire Service and the Resident Commandant of the Federal Fire Service Training College, Minna, Musa Sunday Abiola who handed over the fire fighting truck to the state government commended the effort of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s administration towards the state and federal fire service.
The Controller who disclosed that the fire fighting truck was given to the state out of the 20 procured by the federal government also said the newly acquired turcks was with the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari and the combined effort of the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Rahman Danbazzau (Rtd).