Following the havoc wrecked by fire incidence in the country coupled with the delay of lack of of in salvaging the situation, Mr Remi Olowude, Executive Vice-Chairman of IGI has advised fire personnel to go on training.
Olowude urged the security personnel to undergo fire fighting training in order to adequately equipped to combat fire incidents anytime they occurred.
The IGI EVC gave the advice while receiving members of the Fire Protection Association of Nigeria (FPAN) and representatives of the Lagos State Fire & Safety Service who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Lagos recently.
Olowude decried the increasing rate of fire incidents in Nigeria, noting that the inadequacy of modern fire-fighting equipment and fire stations have made it imperative that the precarious situation be given urgent attention to minimise the annual huge loss of human and material resources .
He enjoined the media to join the crusade to create public awareness of the hazards of fire in society, saying: â€œWith required training and an enthusiastic nation, we can expeditiously and qualitatively achieve our objective of ensuring that knowledge of fire safety is shared in a manner that raises the level of safety consciousness in Nigeria.â€
Olowude, who was recently inducted as the new President of FPAN, promised to collaborate with the fire service community to ensure that the public becomes well aware of the perils of fire, amongst several other disasters that confront the society.
â€œI particularly endorse the call on increased funding of fire fighting outfits in the country as well as the need to accelerate the passage of the Bill on Fire Service Act 2003,â€ he stated.
Mr. Dominic Aigbogun, Chairman of FPAN, who led the visiting team, stated that the associationâ€™s projection was to promote FPAN in industries and ensure its certification on Fire Safety.