Federal Secretariat Fire Did Not Affect Offices – Ministry

The fire which caused panic at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja on Saturday was limited to a small section of the third floor of a wing of the complex, the Federal Ministry of Health has said.

Witnesses had suggested that the fire affected more than one floor of the complex, which houses major government offices and ministries, and that it mainly affected the section occupied by the health ministry.

But the Ministry said in a statement by its Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Boade Akinola, that it was limited to a corridor.

“There was no damage to any government property neither did it affect any of the offices in the building,” the ministry said.

According to the statement, the fire was caused by an electric spark from cables and wires fire on the corridor of the third floor, Wing B of the ministry’s headquarters.

It added that after the fire started, “The private security outfit in charge of the premises swung into action and also contacted the fire service which responded immediately and put off the fire.”

A spokesperson for the Federal Fire Service said the agency received an alert 30 minutes after the fire started and its men were able to stop the fire from spreading.

No casualty was recorded in the fire.

Head Of Service Monitors MDAs In Abuja

ServiceFollowing Tuesday’s low turnout of civil servants for work after the Christmas holidays, the Head of Service, Ms Winifred Ekanem, has paid an unscheduled visit to some ministries and government agencies in Abuja.

The Head of Service, along with some of her permanent secretaries, said that their unscheduled visit to the ministries was aimed at checking and correcting the abnormality.

She said that the visit would also allow the federal government reward hard working civil servants and also sanction those who play truancy with their work.

Channels Television had visited the federal secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday and noticed a low turn-out of workers resuming from the public holiday. Some of the resuming workers attributed the low turn-out to a possible annual leave that some of the civil servants might still be enjoying.

In response to this, the HoS promised to work out a proper leave schedule for civil servants through the permanent secretaries in order to reduce the number of staff who go on annual leave in December.

Although there was an improvement in the number of workers who have resumed work during her visit, quite a number of offices were still under locks and keys as the complex retained an unusual silence.


Nigerian Workers Resume After Public Holiday

public holidayTuesday, December 29 sees the end of the public holiday declared by the federal government for workers to enjoy the 2015 Christmas and Maulud festivals.

However, the federal secretariat in Abuja recorded very low turn-out of workers from the public holiday.

Some of the resuming workers attributed the low turn-out to a possible annual leave that some of the civil servants might still be enjoying.

Others, however, believe that since the public holiday was over, it was time to get back to work and ensure that no backlog of work is allowed to spill into the new year.

Meanwhile in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, southwest Nigeria, work has fully resumed after the long Christmas and Maulud holiday.

A visit to the Governor’s Office in the state capital revealed that workers were back attending to government businesses at their duty posts across various government ministries, departments and parastatals.

The state Head of Service, Mr Sola Adeyemi, who was one of the early callers in the office charged the state workforce to be more alive to their responsibilities in order to ensure quick service delivery.

Police Fortify Security At Worship Centres In Abuja, Ban Street Hawking

policeThe Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has mandated State Command Commissioners of Police to strengthen security at all Mosques, Churches and other worship centers across the country.

This is according to a statement by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Abayomi Shogunle, on Monday.

He said that adequate security has also been ordered for venues where Muslims break-fast in the evenings.

Worshippers are advised to be vigilant, and promptly report to the Police any suspicious persons or substance found in or around their environment.

In a similar development, a ban has been placed on street hawking and all forms of trading on Abuja roads/highways especially road intersections, traffic light points and traffic hold-ups.

Also, unauthorized taxi parks and bus stops formed around the Federal Secretariat, Abuja is now prohibited.

Only buses and taxis painted in authorized commercial colours would be allowed to operate at designated taxi parks and bus stops in and around the central area of Abuja.

He added that violators would be apprehended and prosecuted as Police Units have been directed to enforce the relevant laws in this regards.

Women protest planned demolitions in Mpape

A number of protesters on Monday stormed the Federal Secretariat in Abuja to protest plans by the FCT administration to demolish their houses in Mpape, a satellite town in the FCT.

The protesters mostly women accused the FCT administration of planning to make them homeless.

The women tried to take their protest to the National Assembly but were barred from getting there.

They however gathered at the secretariat not minding the blistering sun to protest the danger they stand of losing their homes.

Mpape is a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory and officials of the Federal Capital Development Control on Sunday marked their houses for demolition.

Defying security agents who stopped the protesters from reaching the National Assembly, the women stood their ground and tried to get the attention of any and every one.

Channels Television took a trip to Mpape and confirmed that many houses in the area are already marked for demolition.

But the Director Development Control, Yahaya Yusuf explained to Channels Television that the houses marked for demolition, are illegal structures.

He also said previous attempts to relocate people whose houses were demolished have not been successful.

The protesters said the Federal Capital Territory Development Agency (FCDA) has given them a 21 day notice to move out of their houses.

This is not the first time the FCT authorities have embarked on massive demolition exercises in the nation’s capital.

The FCT authorities have however being criticised for not doing anything with the land after the bulldozers leave, leaving the land bare.