The Federal Government on Saturday disclosed its plan to create and arm bearing unit called ‘Fire Police’ to provide security for firefighters during operations.
This proposed establishment of fire police followed FG’s resolve to addressing the challenge often faced by firefighters during operations, through mob action and vandalism of firefighting assets in the country.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, the Director of Press, Ministry of Interior, Mrs Blessing Lere-Adams, said, “When critical national assets are adequately protected against consequences of huge losses due to fire incidents, these assets are saved”.
According to her, the Minister of Interior, Chief Rauf Aregbesola and Chairman of Council, disclosed this during the opening ceremony of the National Council on Fire in Jos.
The minister was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore.
Aregbesola said the ministry would initiate the process of repealing the 1963 obsolete Fire Service Act and enact a new contemporary, vibrant and enforceable law, through the instrument of an Executive Bill.
This, he said, would be forwarded to the National Assembly (NASS) for deliberation and eventual passage into law.
He noted that fire safety management, an imperative for national security, could and should become a tool for not only national security, but as well as national development.
“The economy is further protected, because the very lean resources that would have otherwise been used to rehabilitate or reconstruct such affected infrastructure would be channeled to other areas of our national development.
“Our national archives and very sensitive information will be preserved,” he added.
He assured that the ministry under his watch would continue to find innovative ways and means to empower the service to provide timely and quality service to the generality of the citizens and foreigners alike.
Aregbesola, however, noted that the Federal Fire Service (FFS), had so far enjoyed and would continue to enjoy the tremendous support of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I am confident that as this government progresses in office, the FFS will be sufficiently repositioned to deliver timely and quality service to the nation,” he said.