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Quality fire service key to internal security, says Kwara gov

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday said the country’s internal security partly depends on the premium placed on effective fire service delivery, pledging to make such service a priority of his government.

“Everybody has a responsibility to prevent fire disasters in view of its ugly consequences. Equally, fire service delivery is a vital component of internal security. The issue of safety of life and property is therefore occupying a major place in the programmes of our government,” AbdulRazaq said at the 10th National Council Conference on Fire in Ilorin, the state capital according to a statement released by Rafiu Ajakaye
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

“Our government takes fire prevention and fire fighting seriously. This is because we are quite aware of the devastating result of fire disasters, which, in most cases, destroy properties and wreck lives.

“As part of this administration’s commitment toward saving lives and properties from avoidable lost, the Kwara State Government has set machineries in motion to reposition and strengthen the Kwara State Fire Service for effective service delivery. I am glad to inform you that we have commenced rehabilitation work on the Unity Fire Station, Ilorin, to give Fire men a befitting office accommodation and this is just a tip of the ice berg. Other challenges of the State Fire Services shall be tackled one after the other in due course.”

He said fortunes and lives have been lost to fire incidents which could have been prevented if proactive measures had been taken, calling for strategic planning and action to halt the trend of fire disasters in the country.

“I want to remind residents of the State that when fire incident occurs and once fire gets out of control, it has no respect for class or creed. It becomes man’s worst enemy. It takes no hostages. Its heat alone can kill, maim and destroy. It is therefore our collective responsibility to guide against it at all cost,” he added.

He commended the Federal Fire Service and the delegates for the conference which theme Technology: An Imperative for Effective Service Delivery in the Fire Sector AbdulRazaq said was very apt as every sector that is not driven by technology will be living in the past.

The Governor had earlier announced that he would allocate land for the establishment of the proposed Federal Fire Training School and the north-central regional office of the service in Ilorin.

He also said additional fire service stations would be established in the northern senatorial district of the state to complement the ones in Ilorin, in the central, and those in Omu Aran and Offa in Kwara south.

Speaking earlier at the event, the Federal Permanent Secretary in the Interior Ministry, Georgina Ekoma, commended the Governor for showing commitment to effective fire service delivery in the state.

The event was also attended by the Federal Fire Service Comptroller General, Liman Ibrahim; Secretary to the Kwara State Government, Mamman Saba Jubril; Chief of State Aminu Adisa Logun; the Kwara State Head of Service Mrs Oluwole Susan; Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works Yusuf Majo; and delegates from across Nigeria to the National Council on Fire.

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Presidency Reveals Why Buhari Did Not Speak on Lekki Shooting In State Broadcast

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The Presidency, on Saturday disclosed why President Muhammadu Buhari did not mention the Lekki toll gate shooting in his nationwide broadcast addressing the issue of #EndSARS.

Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed that his principal did not mention the shooting because it would be “premature and presumptuous.”

The Fidelinfo gathered that, Adesina, while appearing on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, explained that the shooting was being investigated by the military.

He said: “The Defence Headquarters issued a statement to say that it was investigating the matter. Lagos State Governor has also set up a probe panel to investigate what really happened.

“So, the President couldn’t have said anything because it would be premature and presumptuous while investigation is ongoing.

“It is after investigation has been concluded that he can speak on the matter.”

Buhari had received some backlash from Nigerians over his silence on the Lekki shooting recorded carried out by soldiers.

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Curfew: Kwara Govt Exempts Essential Workers

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The Kwara state government has exempted essential workers from the 24-hour curfew in the state.

The state government said the exempted essential workers are media workerse, bankers, health workers and others.

The Fidelinfo gathered that development was contained in a statement made available by Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin, Hon. Commissioner for Communications

The statement reads:

“This is to exempt persons who qualify as essential workers from the 24-hour curfew declared by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

“Those covered in the exemption are health workers; media workers (journalists); petrol station workers; bankers. Such persons would only be accorded such privilege if they present their valid (work place) identity cards identifying them as such.

“The government regrets the inconvenience the curfew may cause the citizenry but it is necessary to maintain law and order at this critical time.

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UPDATED: Kwara Gov, AbdulRazaq Imposes Curfew In Ilorin

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The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has imposes a curfew in the state capital starting from 12 midnight on Friday.

The Fidelinfo gathered that the governor made the announcement while addressing the state on Friday.

The curfew becomes necessary as thugs invades government warehouse and looted palliatives and relief materials.

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