By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced update on level of preparedness and response to mitigate the effect of fire outbreaks in Kaduna.
North West Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Imam Garki, made this known at a one-day stakeholders meeting on fire prevention and response on Wednesday in Kaduna.
According to him, globally the world is being faced with fire disasters causing destruction of lives and properties worth billions of Naira hence, the need to mitigate fire out breaks in Nigeria.
He said the aim of the meeting was to ascertain the level of preparedness of emergency stakeholders on fire prevention and response in the state.
“Every season comes with a particular disaster as rain comes with flood, disease epidemic; dry season comes with fire disasters.
“We have to make presentation on what we all have on ground, personnel and equipments holdings so we can ascertain how we can respond efficiently and effectively to fire outbreaks when it happens.”
Executive Secretary Kaduna state Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Abubakar Hassan, said that the meeting is apt as it is an early warning strategy towards addressing different issues of fire outbreaks.
He said the state records a minimum of six fire outbreaks every day in Kaduna central, Zaria and Kafanchan.
He appealed to NEMA for sustainability of the programme to reduce the level of vulnerability to fire outbreaks in the state.
Earlier in his remarks, Director Kaduna Fire Service, Paul Aboi said that fire outbreaks result from human activities as a result of carelessness and natural causes especially in the harrmattan season.
He lamented the rising cases of fire outbreaks despite the agency’s sensitisation excercises.
“We will not relent in our advocacy as sensitisation still remains the best form in handling fire outbreaks,” he said.
Also present at the meeting were Nigerian Red Cross, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Federal Fire Service, National Orientation Agency (NOA), fire service of the Nigerian Army and other stakeholders.