Governor Babatunde Fashola
By Gboyega Akinsanmi
Lagos State Government has disclosed that a whopping sum of N69 billion could have been lost to fire disasters in the state in the last fiscal year if not for prompt intervention of its fire and safety service.
The state Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Mr. Oyinlomo Danmole, disclosed this at the recent annual ministerial briefing held at the state secretariat, Alausa along with Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Doyin Olusoga.
Speaking at the conference, Danmole said the state government “has signed an agreement with an American manufacture Messer W.S Darley of Itasca Illinois for a full package purchase of fire-fighting equipment worth $14 million”.
He explained that the state government had partnered First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in funding the project, saying the state government would provide $ 6 million while FCMB “will provide the rest of the funds needed for the procurement”.
He said apart from the purchase of the fire fighting trucks, maintenance of all equipment and training of fire met in the state would be undertaken by the American company in the state.
Danmole said within one year, the fire service “received about 2,056 calls, pointing out that 1826 were disastrous fire distress calls that demanded immediate response.
“All these calls were promptly responded to. The men of the fire rescue about 112 people from all these emergencies, while about N69 billion worth of goods and properties were saved from perishing in the disaster” the commissioner explained.
He said the state government “is considering building fire station in every local government of the state”, adding that two additional fire service stations being built at Abesan Housing Estate and Lekki Phase11 would soon be completed.
According to him, this administration in recognition of the huge population of the state and the attendant risks associated with such human and material endowment has intensified its investment in fire fighting and prevention of modern equipment capacity building for its officers and men and additional fire stations in some parts of the state.
He noted that a total 32 modern fire trucks comprising 15 dragon pumper, 15 snow dragons and 2 aerial ladders with modern fitting called compressed air foam system had been approved by the state government for purchase.