The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, today in Abuja inspects on-going projects at the National Fire Academy Sheda; after which he directed the Controller General, Federal Fire Service to commence necessary arrangement for completion of remaining work and timely commissioning of the entire projects.
The Perm Sec sees the projects as further contribution to safety of lives and protection of properties of Nigerians and foreigners alike .
Dr. Belgore, got a briefing on inspected projects which indicated that the Administrative Building has attained 50 percent completion while the Fire House Complex has reached100 percent completion, the execution level of the Breaking Apparatus Gallery Building is also put at 90 percent.
Other projects he inspected include the Multi Purpose Hall Building, the Staff Clinic, Male and Female Hostels, and the Common Room all of which have been completed and awaiting commissioning.
Giving a general overview of all inspected projects, the Permanent Secretary described the various works at the National Federal Academy, Sheda as impressive and thereafter directed the Controller General of the Federal Service to commence immediate arrangement for their commissioning; for Nigerians to start reaping the benefits of Government investment in these projects.
Belgore also stated that under the 8 years Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Fire Service had experienced considerable leap in terms of funding and provision of infrastructural facilities compared to the state of affairs before the advent of this administration.
Noting that the Federal Fire Service is presently, grossly under staffed, he disclosed that his Ministry has written to the presidency for approval to recruit more hands to for optimal improvements in safety and rescue operations against impending disaster.
Belgore expressed satisfaction with general quality and level of job done concerning the inspected projects and called for fast-tracking of remaining works to pave way for early commissioning.
In his response, the controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Engr. Jaji Olola Abdulganiyu, explained that aside the National Fire Academy in Sheda, Abuja it has an Annex in Lagos.
He also added that the Service has six Training Schools spread across the six geo-political zones of the country in Kankiya – Katsina State, Maiduguri in Borno state, Minna in Niger State, Ummahia in Abia State, Calabar in Cross River state and Abeokuta in Ogun State.
Engr. Jaji promised to do the needful towards total completion of the remaing jobs and timely commissioning of the projects as directed by the Permanent Secretary.
Dignitaries at the event include DCG T Agunloye, A & S, ACG Zagga Bulla, ACG P/E, ACG Tabari of Federal Operations and others.
Afonja Fatai Ajibola
Ministry of Interior