Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima has succeeded in getting approval for immediate deployment of Fire fighters from the Federal Fire Service to Borno State in addition to the Service given strong consideration to site its northeast zonal office in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Ahead of windy season: Shettima gets federal fire fighters for Borno … D-G approves training for State’s fighters
This was the outcome of a visit to the headquarters of the Federal Fire Service by Governor Kashim Shettima during which he met with Mr Joseph Garba Anebi, Controller General of the Service, in Abuja on Thursday.
Shettima promised to approve allocation of offices and other logistics to fast track the coming of the Federal fire fighters to Borno State even as the D-G promised tabling the request before his Board which has powers to make final approval for the new office.
The Governor, accompanied by Senator Abubakar Kyari and some officials, was at the headquarters of the fire service to solicit the siting of zonal office in Maiduguri and for the service to give specialty training to fire fighters in the Borno State Fire Service personnel, explaining that the new office will create job opportunities for residents in the troubled Borno State.
“We are here primarily to seek your support. Because the buck of support lies largely on your desk. Your recommendation counts largely. Yes, you have a supervising Minister but he works on your own interest. This is why we are here; first for the siting of the zonal office in Borno, which will generate employment opportunities for at least 400 sons of Borno. And we have challenges of insecurity, which is born largely out of poverty. Secondly the training element. We have the facilities, we have the experience, we have the background, and we have the equipments procured. If there is any way you can partner with our State Government to train at least 100 fire fighting personnel, because it is not only one driver per vehicle. They will need some supporting staff that will back them up” Shettima said.
He told C-G Anebi that Borno has in stock, 50 fire fighting vehicles but fire fighters to man the vehicles have training needs. He said even though the Government will remain committed to taking preventive measures, the coming dry season is usually associated with vulnerability to spontaneous wild fires.
Shettima explained that he wants his Government prepared to fight wild fires in the unforeseen event of fire disasters. He believes that a combination of Federal and State trained fire fighters should be enough to quickly stop fires from causing havoc should they occur.
The Governor made a passionate appeal with his commitment depicted in his visit rather than sending a delegation.
In approving Shettima’s request, Controller General Anebi promised “immediate” deployment of fire fighters to Borno while procedures were to soon commence for the siting of a zonal office in Maiduguri.
The CG noted with empathy that Borno State has suffered security challenges which makes it deserving of federal fire office to contain any unforeseen situation.
Anebi informed the visiting Governor that the federal fire service has a Degree awarding academy that is affiliated to the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna, where fire fighters from Borno can be trained. He disclosed that 40 fire fighting machines have been procured and that one would be deployed to Borno State.