By JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT— RESIDENTS of Port Harcourt, Rivers State and its environs, have been enjoined to stop attacking men of the state fire service on social services. Commissioner for Special Duties in the state, Mr Emeka Nwogu, lamented the attitude of some residents to fire fighters from his ministry, when they responded to distress calls, pleading that men of the fire service should be given the necessary support at scenes of fire outbreak to achieve results.
He said: “I appeal to our people to stop attacking our firemen. They have constraints such as traffic jams while rushing to fire scenes. They are our brothers and sisters, who volunteered to help in times of emergency.”
It will be recalled that some residents had destroyed two fire fighting vehicles and also beaten up men of the fire service at Igwuruta Roundabout, recently, when they responded to the petrol tanker fire that consumed several houses in the area.
The Commissioner who spoke to Vanguard, appealed to residents to ensure that they have access roads to their property, noting that this would help in times of emergency. “Another constraint we have is the pattern of buildings in urban areas, as people give little space for access roads. When there is fire outbreak, it is difficult to access their houses,” he said.