Kaduna State Emergency Service (SEMA) has declared that the 23 Fire Service Emergency Trucks worth several millions of Naira paid for by the Ramalan Yero led administration are wasting away in almost all the Local government areas of Kaduna State.
The Executive Secretary of SEMA; Ben Kure made this disclosure with obvious pain when he interacted with journalists upon his recent appointment into the office. He observed that the major reason why these fire service trucks were all but abandoned was because of the lack of adequate water carrying capacity to properly tackle any fire emergency situation no matter how severe.
“We inherited 23 fire trucks from past administration which have low capacity to fight emergency. These vehicles are now homes to reptiles. I cannot really say what this government to do with them, they are just lying down in all the 23 local government headquarters. “However, we are working towards acquiring modern and effective trucks and organise capacity building workshop for fire men and other emergency personnel towards attaining best world emergency practising standard. “We will also try to identify other State emergency agencies that have succeeded in areas of emergency and see what can be learnt.”
Ben Kure also advised all the inhabitants of Kaduna to be careful of storing fuel in residential areas. He also criticized the hawking and selling of fuel from black market as this could lead to a severe fire disaster. He encouraged everybody to report any issue of illegal fuel storage and any other activity that would help SEMA prevent emergency situations.
“Filling stations owners should be more proactive and adhere strictly to none sales of fuel in containers and kegs to discourage storing fuel at home. There will be town hall meeting very soon to involve all relevant stakeholders, encourage whistling blowing in emergency issue, set up committee at each local government areas, and as well mount awareness and enlightenment campaigns to reduce emergency cases at least by 50 percent to reduce impact or damages”, he said.
Ben Kure also informed the newsmen that SEMA plans to introduce the distribution of fire extinguishers in every residence across the state. But, he appealed to the government to do everything that it can to ensure that SEMA is equipped with world class facilities that would aid the agency in tackling any emergency outbreak.
The SEMA Director thanked the public for their continuous support and disclosed that the agency would carry out a recruitment exercise for additional staff very soon so that the agency would serve better and faster whenever the need arises.