Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has revealed that the federal government intends to buy aircraft for the Federal Fire Service’s six zonal bases to fight wildfires, bushfires, and other large-scale flames that need aerial strikes.
Aregbesola stated this during the event in Abuja to honour the new Controller General of the Federal Fire Service (FFS), Jaji Olola Abdulganiyu.
While pushing the incoming FFS chief to live up to expectations, the minister stated that the FFS’ primary responsibility is to battle wildfires, bushfires, and other large-scale flames that need aircraft intervention.
“We have reached an agreement with the Nigerian Airforce to utilise their planes to waterbomb those types of flames from the air,” he explained. I sincerely hope you see this through.
“Our goal is to have our own aircraft stationed at each of the six zonal bases.”
Additionally, he stated that armed security guards will follow firemen to fire sites going forward to prevent hoodlums from attacking people and equipment.
The minister urged CG Abdulganiyu to take fire advocacy seriously as he begins his stint as the FFS’s chief executive officer, stating that the public needs to learn more about firefighting and emergency management.
“It is critical that you incorporate fire advocacy and public education into the FFS’s operational activities. The public has to understand, among other things, that the FFS’s mission extends beyond firefighting,” he stated.
While reminding the controller general of his responsibility to oversee human resources in order to accomplish organisational objectives, Aregbesola advised him to stay on top of his game and work in the service’s best interests.
“As a result, the welfare and professional development of the officers and soldiers under your command should be prioritised.
“Their emoluments, allowances, advancement, training at home and abroad, and other benefits should not be jeopardised,” the minister charged.
Abdulganiyu, the new Controller General of FFS, vowed in his speech that he would be focused and expand on his predecessors’ efforts to actualize the service’s goal.