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FCT Fire Service to raid illegal cooking gas spots
• Takes campaign to Wuse Market

16th Dec, 2019 | By Salamatu Aminu, Chris Anioji, Wisdom Acka and Mercy Oranye | ||

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Department of Fire Service said it would soon commence full enforcement of ban on selling of cooking and industrial gas at undesignated areas within the nation's capital. This disclosure was made last week during a fire safety enlightenment campaign organized by the department at Wuse Modern Market.

Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr. Timveh Jerry while making the disclosure, added that FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has given the department a directive to ensure that stringent measures were taken to prevent fire disaster in the Territory, especially as the harmattan approaches. He noted that gas cylinders are highly combustible and could cause destructive fire disasters, hence the need to regulate the activities of dealers.

Jerry also explained that full enforcement of ban on the sale of gas of all classes at undesignated places would commence as soon as the outcome of a Ministerial committee report on fire prevention was released. He said: "It is the responsibility of Fire Service to regulate the activities of those that sell cooking gas. That was why the FCT Permanent Secretary formed a committee that went to Lafia, Nasarawa State, after the unfortunate incident of gas explosion.

"We have submitted that report and we are waiting for the outcome, and then fire Service will go out in full force to clamp down on those selling cooking gas within residential areas, because when any disaster happens, we are usually first responders. "We have done our assessment and investigation in all the Area Councils, so as soon as the report comes out we will begin full enforcement to clamp down on all erring gas sellers."

He stressed that in view of the high rate of fire disasters during the harmattan season, an enlightenment campaign will be taken to all markets within the Territory to teach traders some preventive measures. "We are doing this sensitization exercise in accordance with Ministerial directives. We don't want a recurrence of what has happened in other places, here.

We want to cover all the markets in FCT. We have gone to Gudu, Kado fish market, Dei-Die building materials market. We have plans for all these markets because many of them do not have fire stations," he added. Also speaking, Chairman of Wuse Market Traders Association, Mr. Raphael Okorie, said it was necessary to build a fire post within the market premises for easy access to fire-fighting equipment.

Disclosing that traders have been doing everything within their reach to imbibe the culture of fire safety, he appealed to the Minister to approve the establishment of a fire post in the market. Okorie said: "We have made a presentation to the Minister that we need a fire post in the market which I am sure he will give approval to. Not only that, but all other things required to combat climate change and high temperature in Abuja.

"We have also created some emergency exits within the market for easy access to the market, but these exits have been abused by those trading around there. Efforts are being made to address it because what we are seeing here is nuisance in having to spend up to 30 minutes to come into the market." >

News Update

According to the Minister, Sir Ohaa never shied away from difficult situations, a trait which he added he (Minister) found very useful in the running of the affairs of FCTA, adding that the job of Permanent Secretary of the nation's capital's bureaucracy was not an easy one.

Director of Public Health, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Dr. Josephine Okechukwu, has counseled residents of the Territory to distance themselves from persons who fail to put on face masks.

Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubarka Adamu, received three operational vehicles donated by Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited to the Nigeria Police Force in support of ongoing efforts at repositioning the Force for optimal performance.

Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has commended Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for its efforts in development of basic education in the Territory.


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