The Federal Government has announced plans to instate an arms-bearing unit called “Fire Police,” with a duty to provide armed outer cordon during operations.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this in Jos, Plateau State, during the National Council on Fire opening.
Director of Press in the Ministry, Lere-Adams Blessing, in a statement said the decision was part of efforts to address the challenges often faced by firefighters during operations through mob action and vandalism of firefighting assets in the country.
Aregbesola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ninistry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, said, “The ministry would initiate the process of repealing the 1963 obsolete Fire Service Act and enactment of a new contemporary, vibrant, and enforceable law, through the instrument of an Executive Bill to be forwarded to the National Assembly for deliberation and eventual passage into law.”
According to him, fire safety management, an imperative for national security can and should become a tool for not only national security but also national development.
“When critical national assets are adequately protected against consequences of huge losses due to fire incidents, these assets are saved; the economy is further protected because the very lean resources that would have otherwise been used to rehabilitate or reconstruct such affected infrastructure would be channelled to other areas of our national development. Our national archives and very sensitive information would be preserved,” he added.
The minister assured that the ministry under his watch would continue to find innovative ways and means to empower the service to provide timely and quality service of world-class standard to the generality of the citizens and foreigners alike.