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Reps Call For Reform Of Fire Service Operations

The House of Representatives has called for reform and overhaul of the Fire Service management and operations in the country.

This was sequel to a debate on the general principles of a bill that seeks to amend the provisions of the Fire Service Act, 2004, and make provisions for the establishment of building safety measures, regulations, and penalties for default.

In his lead debate, the sponsor of the bill, Mr. Idem Unyime, underscored the need for the establishment of requisite prevention mechanisms and global best practices and safety standards of measures, regulations, and penalties for default.

While stressing the need to take necessary measures toward ensuring the safety of lives and property, he lamented that government establishments are not left out.

The lawmaker noted that despite the fact that nothing could be sustainably done to completely stop the occurrence of fire disaster, something can be done to mitigate the spread. 

Unyime who stressed the need for the enactment of the legislative framework argued that fire outbreaks in Nigeria have risen to worldwide attention in recent years; causing great loss to both the environmental and economic lives. 

According to him, the bill provides for approval to be given for building only after a thorough perusal of the submitted building plan and compliance with the provision of necessary fire services prevention and management kits and supervision protocols.

He disclosed that the enactment of the bill into law will definitely have no direct cost implication on the public fund and will produce general benefits for the country as revenue will be generated from commercial buildings seeking fire service approval and a penalty from the defaulters and job opportunities created for building examiners.

The bill was referred to the relevant Standing Committees for further legislative action.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu & Daniel Adejo

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