Anambra State is setting more strategies in place for fire prevention and environmental safety in readiness for emergencies during the dry season.
This statement was made by Gov. Willie Obiano yesterday at Dr Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, in his address to the 120 new firefighters that graduated into Anambra Fire Service.
The governor said that the state had braced up for the dry and harmattan season by refurbishing nine fire trucks, purchasing additional new ones, authorizing utility vehicles to make the agency’s operation more responsive.
Charging the management of Anambra Fire Service to intensify fire prevention sensitization and enlightenment campaigns, Gov. Obiano, who was represented by Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr Nkem Okeke commended the agency for reducing incidents of fire disasters in the state over the last two years.
He went further to congratulate the new firefighters and urged them to reciprocate government’s investment in their training in fire safety by always dedicating themselves to their duties.
He said “Although the coronavirus pandemic slowed down this recruitment and training exercise, what we are witnessing here today is a promise made and promise fulfilled. We will not only leave the Fire Service better than we met it; but within the limits of reasonable resources available, we shall continue to support the agency in view of its relevance in safeguarding the lives and property of ndi Anambra.”
Rt. Hon. Uchenna Okafor, Speaker of Anambra House of Assembly also spoke at the event. He cautioned residents to avoid acts capable of igniting fire outbreaks at homes and offices.
Also speaking, Ben Chiobi, MD/CEO of Anambra State Fire Service, commended Gov. Obiano for his unique interest in environmental safety. He promised that the agency will justify the investments by rededicating to efficient service delivery.
Chiobi also noted that the recruitment of new firefighters will not only help improve the agency’s manpower supply line but would also help to improve public sensitization on fire prevention as well as prompt response.
Other notable dignitaries at the event include Anambra State Head of Service, Harry Udu; Anambra state Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Uchenna Okafor, Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Anambra State Chapter, Emeka Udodeme; MD/CEO of Anambra Broadcasting Service, Uche Nworah, among others.
The highlight of the event was march-pass, drill and mock first-time firefighting by the new firefighters.