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Fire service CG calls for enforcement powers to enhance effectivity

The Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, AbdulGaniyu Jaji, has stated the dearth of enforcement powers is hindering his personnel’s means to successfully perform their constitutional duties.

Jaji defined that when potential hearth hazards or actions that disrupt firefighting efforts are ignored after being identified, the fireplace service is powerless.

He added that with enforcement powers, the service would be capable to forestall hearth outbreaks whereas successfully exercising its authority.

The CG spoke throughout the inauguration of the committee on analysis and growth of the fireplace service coaching curriculum in Abuja on Monday.

He stated, “We must strengthen our IIE, that’s, Inspectorate, Investigation and Enforcement. Now, we have to have an enforcement that may chew.

“If you go to a particular place and say, look, this place is not good, you seal it. By the time you are able to seal it, even if they go to court, you have the law that backs you up that this thing is supposed not to be like this. But if you don’t have that law, it will cause a problem.”

Jaji additionally lamented the apply of constructing retailers in areas designated for hearth hydrants in markets.

He added that this makes it tough to fight fires throughout outbreaks.

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Jaji stated, “If you take a look at Karu market, you understand that the shanties or the buildings which can be there are the reason for the fireplace. We are the market folks.

“We allocate a place that is purposely for fire hydrants and they will build shops on it. Even if the firefighters or the fire plants get to that place, there will be no access for you to fight the fire. And again, people are not even conscious.”

The CG additionally known as for the overview of the Fire Service Act of 1963, including that its provisions had been outdated.

He stated, “The only way by which that can be met properly is for us to be able to review our acts. Because the act is obsolete. The act that was established in 1963, you realize that the modern act is 2024, and you begin to use an act of 1963. ”

The Chief Executive Officer of Veil Consultants, Machie Olisehemeka, acknowledged that the overview of its coaching curriculum was mandatory to assist personnel’s effectivity

He stated, “Whatever you do in life, there must be coaching, coaching, and retraining.

“If you are not trained to meet the emerging trends, everyday things are changing. Everything, firefighting, fire prevention, everything about the world is changing. So we have to train to meet with the emerging changes that are being let loose on us.”



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