Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Fire service takes anti-bush burning campaign to rural community

As dry season farming activities gather momentum In the Federal Capital Territory, the Department of Fire Service has taken its anti-Bush burning campaign to traditional rulers.

This, the Department said was a measure adopted to reach out to the teeming farming populations through the traditional institutions, and also prevent devastating fire disaster.

Director, FCT Department of Fire Service, Mr. Julius Opetunsin, who led a team of top Fire fighters to the Palace of Ona of Abaji, said the proactive measures were adopted to save lives and properties.

Opetunsin also noted that while the flag off of the campaign started at Abaji Area Council, the message would also be spread to all rural communities within all the remaining Area Councils.

He said, “the choice of Abaji for this year's flag off is to bring the campaign to the grassroots where most farming activities take place with its attendance consequences. This is because destruction from fire outbreaks in farms and other property are always colossal, and therefore all hands must be on deck to curtail its occurrence.

“The department is calling on all the farming community, our Royal Fathers and their subject to desist from indiscriminate Bush burning. We therefore  advise  that in case you want to adopt Bush burning approach as an alternative,  let it be controlled  burning so as to protect your property and that of your neighbour.

“As we flag off this campaign, I wish to stress that the officer from the department will be visiting the various domains in the area council to sensitive the local communities.”

Also, the Acting Coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, Mallam Suleiman Abdulrameed, stated that FCT administration's ban on indiscriminate farming activities within the city centre is still in force.

Abdulrameed, who was represented by AMMC's director Legal, Mr. Isa Abdullahi, noted that enforcement of the ban was not deny residents of legitimate means of livelihood,  but to ensure sanity and adherence to the city's master plan.

“Permit me to reiterate the Hon. Minister's directives that banned farming activities in some designated areas in the FCT.  That directive is still in force and must be adhered to.

“The essence is not to deny the residents of their rightful means of livelihood but to pursue the master plan of making Abuja a dream city", he said.

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