If the nation is to be at par with global standards for emergency management, then she has to take a closer and deeper look at the Federal Fire Service.
This statement was made by the national coordinator of Conference for Minority Tribes in Nigeria, Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, during a press briefing in Abuja yesterday.
Ogenyi also pointed out that as Nigeria moves to meet up with other developing countries of the world, all sectors of the federal government should move towards professionalism. He also emphasised that since the nation’s fire service is a reflection of the nation’s readiness to fight fire disasters, the office of the Minister of Interior Abba Moro must do more by beaming its searchlight on the fire service.
“The fire service is a key federal government sector that should not be ignored, considering that it requires high level of professionalism to deliver on its mandate. We have noticed, with keen interest, since the exit of the Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Olusegun Okebiorun that there have been a lot of lobbying going on in the service.
“According to our findings, most of the people lobbying to be at the helm of the service’s affairs are not professional firemen and that has made the fire service a laughing stock and to remain in constant comatose.
“Most of these lobbyists came in from the ministry of works and housing; how can they be fit as firemen? Our advice to the government is to see beyond god fatherism and opt for people who are real firemen, men who can take our fire service to the next level and make it world standard,” Ogenyi said.
Source: Daily Times