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Cross River State Government says it will buy into the implementation of the new fire service code introduced by the federal government.
Governor Liyel Imoke disclosed this while receiving the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Interior, Mrs. Fatima Binta Bamidele accompanied by the Controller General Federal Fire Service, Engr. Olusegun Okebiorun with 36-Directors of State Fire Service during a courtesy call as a prelude to a two day conference on the adoption of a new fire service-safety code holding in Calabar.
According to Imoke, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Efiok Cobham, the implementation of the new code was appropriate and apt, he enjoined them to come out with implementable strategies to fight fire out break across the country.
Imoke noted that one of the challenges the introduction would face will be people understanding the content of code, so they should explore ways of enlightening the citizenry on the code, explaining that the call became necessary because states pose different environmental problems which call for different approaches.
He, therefore, called for a synergy to ensure that the new fire code gets to the remotest areas throughout the country to create awareness while revealing that the state has completed arrangement to revive its fire safety code, conduct, remuneration and equipment to meet globally accepted standards and ensure its people get the best in terms of service and equipment.
Imoke, however charged them to come out with recommendations that will improve the performance of the fire service in the country.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Interior, Mrs. Fatima Binta Bamidele, said participants in a two day conference comprising federal and state fire service, Immigration Service, National Security and Civil Defence Corps were in the state to discuss the new fire safety code as approved by the Federal Executive Council.
Bamidele disclosed that the essence of the conference is to evolve a mechanism on how to disseminate the code to the states because people are not aware of it, adding that apart from publicity, it has potential for generating revenue which called for the rubbing of minds on its implementation and enforcement in the interest of the nation.
She solicited for funding and training of the state fire service as what would be gained at the conference would be a mirage as the federal government has done its best by bringing the code to states in order to create a uniformed implementation because it sees numerous advantages in its adoption.
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