The Federal Government has announced plans to create an arm-bearing unit of the Federal Fire Service to be referred to as “Fire Police,” whose duty will be to provide armed outer cordon during operations.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola made this known during the opening ceremony of the National Council on Fire, held in Jos, Plateau State.
Aregbesola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, said the decision is part of efforts towards addressing the challenge often faced by firefighters during operations, through mob action and vandalization of firefighting assets in the country.
He also 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.
The Minister stressed further that 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.
He 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.