Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FCT fire statistics drop by 45percent – Fire chief

The rate of fire incidences in Nigeria’s capital dropped by 45percent in the last nine months, the Federal Capital Territory Fire Service has said.

Assistant Comptroller General, FCT Fire Service, Julius Opetunsin, noted that the fire and rescue statistics in the territory reduced from 465 in 2018 to 255 between January and September this year.

Opetusin, who made the disclosure during inauguration of enlightenment of secondary school students on fire disaster prevention, management and control, however, said the service has saved over N1 billion worth of property in the last nine months.

Speaking on statistics of fire related calls, Opetunsin stated, "We received and attended to 255 calls. 19 were rescue calls, 43 lives were saved and 13 lives were lost, while N1.3 billion worth property was save, but unfortunately N791 million was lost," adding that was on decline.

He noted that fire was preventable through appropriate techniques and behaviour which was why his was targeting to educate children in the post-primary schools on the skills required organization for prevention and management of fire incidences.

“In line with the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello's mandate of securing the lives and property of the FCT residents, the FCT Fire Service embarked on aggressive fire safety sensitization to raise the consciousness of the residents on fire related hazards.

“And since our children play strategic roles in this regard, this programme, this programme was drawn to inculcate them into this awareness drive."

The ACG further disclosed that his organization was partnering stakeholders like the FCT Universal Basic Education Board and Fire-fighter Magazine "on how to effectively take the message to both public and private schools in the FCT", even as he revealed that fire safety clubs would be inaugurated in the schools soon.

On her part, representative of the UBEB, Mrs. Chinwe Ogwueleka, appreciated the FCT Fire Service for the opportunity given to the schools to enlighten the students on safety measures as regards to fire outbreak.

She therefore pledged: "We believe that we will give you all the cooperation you will need and we look forward to you to come to our schools and help us to form the safety clubs. We are looking forward to it and we give you all the necessary cooperation that you will need."

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