A member of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Olajide Jimoh has assured the Federal Fire Service Lagos Command that they would feel the impact of the Federal Government in the area of structure, funding and motivation of their personnel.
Jimoh disclosed this on Monday during his visit to the Federal Service Station, Apapa Road in Lagos.
He said; “if we could cherish human being, fire service station in the country must be cherished and catered for because of their role of protecting lives of Nigerians and property.”
Jimoh, who is representing Lagos Mainland Constituency and a member of the House Committee on Interior said “there’s a provision for Federal Fire Service in the budget and I am glad the Lagos State Command would also benefit because its the plan of the Federal Government to reposition the country’s fire service for better performance.
“As an active member of the committee, I sponsored and moved a motion for the consideration of the House, adding that fire service comes under Concurrent Legislative List, which implies that both the Federal and State governments have shared responsibilities in terms of structure, organisation, funding and motivation of the personnel.
“I am assuring you that in the next five months, all the necessary facilities and apparatuses would be provided. I am not here for frivolities, this is the first time a federal lawmaker in Mainland Constituency would visit this command. So, be rest assured that the Federal Government would ensure that they are effective in service delivery.”
Jimoh expressed sympathy as the building and other facilities of the command were in bad and rotten state, even as he observed that the staff quarter’s in the barracks was not in a good condition as most of buildings there have almost collapsed.
He also charged fire service men to remain committed in the course of their duties not minding the present challenges.
“As a lawmaker, I took it upon myself that urgent steps should be taken to reposition fire service across the country. I am so confident that we shall see the result of our advocacy. Also, on my part, this command would feel my impact very soon,” he said
The Operation Officer of the Lagos Command, Mr. Anthony Macaulay Okon, disclosed that they lacked adequate infrastructures and facilities, adding that officers in the command spend their personal money to buy uniforms.
He thanked the lawmaker for his visit and concerned towards repositioning of Federal Fire Service, especially Lagos Command.
“We hope that this visitation would bring a better change in Lagos Command. I want to appeal to the Federal Government to encourage us for an effective operations in Lagos State through urgent provision of the needed facilities,” he said.