Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, wants stakeholders in diaster and risks management to intensify awareness on preventing fire outbreaks in the country.
He made the call when he hosted the Controller General, Federal Fire Service, Dr Liman Ibrahim at Government House, Osogbo.
Governor Oyetola said the incessant fire out breaks across the country were due to lack of proper awareness amongst the people.
He maintained that if stakeholders worked closely with government on awareness campaigns, the menace could be curtailed
Mr Oyetola thanked the Federal Government for bringing the Zone L headquarters to Oshogbo the Osun state capital to cater for Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states.
The governor also expressed his willingness to cooperate with the Federal Fire Service in the training of the State fire officers.
“I must thank Mr President for this wonderful support, equally I thank the Honorable Minister for interior for taking it necessary for us to have this support, about a month ago we commissioned about 11 fire stations and fire Trucks that’s to show that we understand the need to ensure the protection of life and property. We don’t pray for fire outbreak but in case there is an outbreak of fire, the people are well equipped to tackle whatever fire that comes”.
The Controller General, Federal Fire Service , Dr. Liman Ibrahim while presenting two fire fighting trucks to the zones, said its training school in Lagos would be relocated to Ilesa, Osun state to compliment the efforts of the State fire service for quick response.
“Before the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari, we only have 2 training schools, National Fire Academy in Abuja and Fire Service training School in Sululere. After making proposal to Mr President, he graciously approved establishment of additional five training schools. So each of the six geo political zone we have one training school so that our Men can have access to local training”.
Also on the occasion, a group of young Nigerians under the auspices of the junior chamber international JCI-Nigeria led by its National vice president, Femi Davies promised to support the advocacy on averting fire outbreaks.
An award of excellence was presented to the controller General by the group.