…Graduates 120 Trained Fire Personnel
By Chioma Ndife
Sequel to the numerous fire accidents that brought untold agony to people in Anambra State, the State Government has intensified measures to guarantee the safety of people and to safeguard their property against fire accidents.
This followed the training of 120 fire officers to man and control outbreaks of fire, with plans top up to the number of already existing fires officers in the state in a bid to control the loss which people experience during fire outbreaks.
The graduation parade of the 120 fire fighters into the Anambra State Fire Service was held on Wednesday, 27th January, at Ekwueme Square in Awka.
Speaking at the ceremony, Gov Willie Obiano reassured that his administration would continue to equip and support the fire service to ensure the continuous protection of Ndi Anambra and their property from fire hazards.
Governor Willie Obiano who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, disclosed that the state would do all within its power to support the fire service to ensure their optimal performance in firefighting in the state.
He beckoned on them to put in more efforts in their approach in order to achieve steady prompt response during fire emergencies in the state, as such was the only they could reciprocate the kind gesture of the administration towards them.
‘Today we’re witnessing the complete fulfilment of the promise I made to the men and women of Anambra State Fire Service. This is an exercise that was supposed to have held in 2020 but for the coronavirus pandemic which slowed the process down, but I’m happy we are doing it today,’ he said, noting that the additional recruitment would help to boost the manpower, capacity and morale of the fire fighters in management of fire cases in the state.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of Anambra State Fire Service and Special Adviser on Creative Security, Rtd Air Vice Marshall Ben Chiobi, appreciated the governor for approving the recruitment. He noted that the graduating officers had been effectively groomed to combat the challenges of fire outbreaks and assured that the commission would deliver a safer environment for all citizens.
Contributing, the Director/Chief Fire Officer, Engr. Martin Agbili, said the recruitment of the new officers would help the fire service to conquer more grounds and respond to more emergencies and appealed to Anambra residents to be careful while handling highly inflammable materials to avoid loss of life and property.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Uche Okafor, regretted that fire had done untold damage to the people and expressed optimism that recruitment of the 120 officers would help in addressing the outbreaks of fire in the state. He charged the new fire officers to be dedicated, resilient and to put in their best.
For his part, the member representing Orumba South in the State House of Assembly and Chairman House Committee on Public Utilities, Hon. Emm Nwafor, said the graduation of the 120 fire officers would impact the state positively as it would help curtail the incidence of fire outbreaks.
One of the graduands, Mr. Chidume Hillary, while thanking the State Government for considering him worthy out of the numerous others, pledged to contribute qualitatively to achieve the aim of setting up the Fire Service.