FG Approves Procurement Of 15 Fire Fighting Trucks

fecIn an effort to revamp the Federal Fire Service across the country, the Federal Executive Council has approved the procurement of 15 firefighting trucks at the cost of 403 million Naira, out of the 2016 budget.

Briefing journalists after the council meeting, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazza, decried a situation where there are only two functional fire vehicles in the Federal Capital Territory.

The council also approved the ratification of the agreement on the establishment of the west African tax administration forum, which according to the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, is a platform to promote cooperation among west African tax authorities.

“There is an existing provision in the law that any company is supposed to have on its headed paper, the names of directors and their registered office but what we have seen is that many of the companies transacting with the government, only have the name of the company and no details of who the directors are.

“So for tax purposes, it is quite difficult to trace them – The SGF would be issuing a circular reminding agencies and ministries of government that that is the requirement of the law and therefore, they are at liberty not to treat any document that does not comply with the law,” the Finance Minister stated.

Agency Seeks Enugu Govt.’s Support To Tackle Fire Disasters

Federal Fire Service, Enugu State, Joseph Anebi, Ifeanyi UgwuanyiThe Federal Fire Service has sought the collaboration of the Enugu State government to curb the menace of uncontrolled fires in the state and Nigeria at large.

The Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Mr Joseph Anebi, made the call during a visit to the Enugu State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

He told the Governor that he was in the state to solicit his administration’s support for initiative to upgrade fire-fighting facilities across Nigeria.

Mr Anebi highlighted the losses the country has counted in recent times as a result of fire disasters and stressed the need to upgrade the state’s fire service facilities.

He said that the Nigerian Government was determined to curb the menace, especially in the face of economic recession.

In his response, Governor Ugwuanyi commended the institution for its effort and stated his administration’s resolve in ensuring that a common goal was achieved.

He stressed the need for individuals to take precaution and be more careful in the way inflammable products are handled, especially in the season of harmattan.

Gas Explosion Razes Shops in Kaduna

gas explosionAn explosion from a gas cylinder has destroyed at least 15 shops in Kaduna State.

Although no life was lost, goods worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

The fire, which lasted for close to two hours on Friday, razed the shops before the arrival of fire fighters.

The explosion, which occurred at the Police Officers Wives’ Association (POWA) shopping complex in Kawo area in the state capital, left many traders devastated.

According to the North-West Commanding Officer of the Federal Fire Service, Obisesan Olatunde, the incident occurred when a gas retailer was refilling a gas cylinder for a customer.

He attributed the cylinder explosion to the unprofessional manner with which the trader handled the gas refilling.

Mr Olatunde warned the shop owners of such gas re-filling outlets to stop citing their shops very close to residential buildings and crowded areas in order to avert any colossal loss of live and property in case of any such incident.

He stated that from now henceforth, such gas outlets would be sanctioned in accordance with the Federal Fire Service Laws.

Fire Guts INEC Warehouse In Abuja  

inecThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the fire that gutted some parts of its storage facilities in Abuja will not affect the upcoming general elections.

The Commissioner in charge of Electoral Operations and Logistics, Mohammed Hamanga, said that the affected materials, which were in the process of being destroyed, were obsolete.

According to an official of the commission, the fire outbreak was as a result of a surge in electricity after three days of power cut.

It was gathered that the fire which started at 11:00 PM was contained by 2:00AM due to the quick response of officials of INEC and the Federal Fire Service, who forced their way into the warehouse.

The Commissioner in charge, who inspected the affected areas of the warehouse, allayed fears that the fire would affect the reschedule elections.

INEC have faced lots of challenges on the road to the 2015 general elections, but the commission has reinstated its commitment to deliver a free and fair election, despite its challenges.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was established by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to, among other things, organize elections into various political offices in the country.

103 Military, Paramilitary Trained On Counter Insurgency Operations

In the face of internal security challenges facing the country, a total of 103 officers of the Nigerian Military and 11 other security agencies have concluded a one month training exercise on internal security management, low intensity conflict and counter insurgency operations at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji Kaduna State.vlcsnap-2014-05-04-12h16m01s158

Addressing the officers during their graduation on Friday, Commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshal John Chris Ifemeje tasked the participants to put into proper use the skills acquired during their training, as such knowledge will amount to waste if they fail to apply it in the conduct of counter-insurgency and internal security operations in the country.

He said in line with the college’s desire to make the training conform to contemporary security challenges, other courses apart from the usual crowd dispersal training were introduced during the training.

The exercise which commenced on April 8, was conducted in 5 main modules, including lecture on internal security environment and role of each security agency, as well as discussions on operational experiences of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the internal security operations.

The four weeks training afforded the Participants the opportunity to understand the imperatives of multi-agency cooperation in internal security and low intensity conflict management, information sharing and intelligence gathering to ensure prompt response to crises situations.

Giving the highlight of the training earlier, the Director of Joint Studies, Brigadier General Benjamin Ahanotu said, the design of the training was such that many decisions were left to the players with the aim of encouraging them to value the importance of joint consultation, sharing of information and freedom of action.

The 103 participants were drawn from the Nigerian Customs Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Immigration Service, Federal Fire Service, Department of State Security Service, Defence Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Intelligence Agency and Federal Road Safety Commission.

Nigerian Army Trains Officers On Counter-Insurgency

NIGERIAN ARMY 1A total of  103 officers  of  the Nigerian military and eleven other  security agencies  have concluded a one month training exercise on  Internal Security Management, Low Intensity Conflict and Counter Insurgency operations at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji Kaduna State. 

Addressing the officers during their graduation on Friday, Commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshal John Chris Ifemeje, tasked the participants to put into proper use the skills acquired during their training,    as such  knowledge  will amount to a total waste if they fail to apply it in the conduct of counter-insurgency and internal security operations in the country.

He said in line with the college’s desire to make the training conform with  contemporary security challenges, other courses apart from the usual crowd dispersal training were introduced.

The exercise which commenced on the 8th of April was conducted in 5 main modules, and includes lecture on internal security environment and role of each security agency, as well as discussions on operational experiences of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the internal security operations.

The four-week training afforded the participants the opportunity to understand the imperatives of multi-agency cooperation in internal security and low intensity conflict management, information sharing and intelligence gathering to ensure prompt response to crises situations.

Giving the highlight of the training earlier, the Director of Joint Studies,  Brigadier General Benjamin Ahanotu said the design of the training was such that many decisions were left to the players with the aim of encouraging them to value the importance of joint consultation, sharing of information and freedom of action.

The 103 participants were drawn from the Nigerian Customs Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Immigration Service, Federal Fire Service, Department of State Security Service, Defence Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Intelligence Agency and Federal Road Safety Commission.

State and Local government must establish emergency agency-NEMA boss

In the wake of the disappointing rescue efforts for people affected by the flood disaster across the country, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called for state and local government to establish Emergency Agency at their levels, because they are closer to the people.

This will enhance a prompt rescue mission to save lives whenever disasters strike. This was made known by NEMA’s Director of Search and Rescue, Mr Charles Otegbade on our breakfast show, Sunrise.

Responding to why the delay in rescuing people affected by the flood in Kogi which displaced almost a million people and claimed a number of lives, Mr Otegbade, stated that the agency got hold of the flood disaster in Ebaji (Kogi state) by 4PM and that the rescue team arrived at the disaster spot by 10AM the following day.

“We (NEMA) are a national body and the state and local government emergency agencies should have swung into action before our arrival because they are the closest to the people” he stated.

He also noted that the staff of national emergency agency had to be deployed from Benue state, which was already ravaged by the flood before the call came from to Kogi state.

“So the state and local governments must create these local agencies to quickly assist people whenever a disaster happens.”

He called for increased funding for the agency as well as other agencies that could assist in rescue operations.

“Idly, the Federal Fire Service should be the agency that will lead the rescue mission for flood disasters but because the Fire Service is in a dire state, they cannot do anything, all of these agencies need to developed by funding and manpower to enhance the rescue operations when needed.”

He added that “NEMA is essentially a strategic coordinating agency” as he quickly quipped that “but that does not precludes us (NEMA) from the operational tactics at the operational level.”

“NEMA should have just coordinated the efforts of every other agency if they were adequately equipped with equipment and manpower.”

Mr Otegbade stated that over 6,000 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) are currently accommodated in IDP camps in Kogi state.

The rescue expert claimed the excessive rainfall and release of water from the dam in Cameroun were responsible for the flood.

“What we expressing is the downward movement of the accumulated water from River Niger and River Benue to Delta state” as he spoke about the flood disaster that has also affected the Niger-Delta.