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Interior Affairs Minister, Hon. Tunji-Ojo, Perm. Secretary, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade and the Commandant General, Federal Fire Service, Engr Jaji O Abdulganiyu at the venue of the commissioning ceremony in Abuja.

"Attention must be given to prevention, rather than fire fighting. Your responsibilities must go beyond fire fighting as you have to plan and be able to forecast danger to prevent occurrence of disaster."Interior Affairs Minister Tells Fire Service.

The Hon Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has commissioned 15 Rapid Response Fire Fighting Vehicles and 6 heavy Fire Fighting Trucks.

The Minister, during the occasion, challenged officers and men of the Service to roll their sleeves for work, stating that the era of work, is now, in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of Mr President.

He challenged the authorities of the Fire Service that their operations should go beyond fire fighting, stressing that the Service must also forecast for impending fire outbreak and other disaster.

He said attention must be given to prevention, rather than fire fighting. "Your responsibilities must go beyond fire fighting," as you have to plan and be able to forecast danger to prevent occurrence of disaster.

The Minister stated this on Wednesday at the commissioning of fire fighting vehicles at the headquarters of Federal Fire  Service, Abuja.

Dr. Tunji-Ojo also implored the FFS that its fire institute would not only be personnel training alone, it must integrate training of fire rescuers, who would be deployed to man commercial and public buildings to ensure compliance with fire sefety mechanism.

In a statement issued and signed by Afonja Fatai Ajibola, Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations Department of the Ministry, the Honourable Minister  said; "This is necessary because fire fighting is closely related with development, stating that the country cannot continue to pay lip service for the fight."

The commissioned fire trucks have the ability to navigate through narrow spaces in the market and residential areas.

The Controller General of Federal Fire Service, Engineer Jaji Olola Abdulganiyu in his welcome remarks said the Minister had shifted the paradigm, awakened the determination of the fire men to pursue the vision and reset the goals for expectations and achievements of the service in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's administration and it's service delivery policy thrust.

He commended the Minister for his visionary leadership and efforts to modernize the services with the state of arts equipment and data harmonization to raise the bar of internal security and citizenship integrity for Nigerians to have a sweet experience.

In attendance are Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Interior Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, Director, General Services Dr. Peter Egbodo and staff from the ministry. 

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