Bauchi Assembly laments lack of in-state firefighting equipment and decides to transfer service to SEMA

The Bauchi State Assembly decided to move the fire department from the Department of Public Works and Transportation to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), which reports to the office of the Executive Governor for a quick answer.

The decision, she says, is to curb rampant fires across the state that have claimed innocent lives as valuables worth billions of naira have been lost,

The resolution was taken during Wednesday’s plenary after a motion to that effect was tabled under Matters of Urgent Public Importance by House Majority Leader Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu representing Azare/Madangala on the sad situation caused by numerous fires in the state.

While leading the debate on the issue, the Majority Leader explained that the entire state is experiencing many fires lately, saying that one of the cardinal responsibilities of government is to protect lives and property. , but the management of the fire departments is getting very unhappy in the state.

According to him, the only place where the fire department is functional is in the metropolis of Bauchi due to the availability of firefighting machines at the Federal Polytechnic and the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP). ).

The Majority Leader pointed out that “fire safety is in a painful situation in Bauchi State. The Honorable House has repeatedly deliberated on this matter, but nothing is being done to alleviate this situation”.

He added that “I get a lot of flak from my constituents because there are no functioning fire department machines in the constituency and there are many fires in the city.”

Tijjani Aliyu explained, “Recently there have been fires in Matsango Azare and they share the same wall with the fire department but they have nothing to do because they don’t have the machines to fight the fire. fire. They only have one tanker but they don’t have the machine to put out the fire”.

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“Even last week there was a fire at Central Motor Park in Azare and nothing is being done. Same story in Bauchi Metropolis, many fires. We have made efforts to get the government to do something about the situation, but nothing is done.” The Majority Leader recounted.

Tijjani Aliyu therefore urged the House to see the reasons for asking the government to do something urgently as it is their responsibility to do so.

He also said that there is a lot of development work going on in the state but nothing is being done in the fight against the fires and the necessary fire service equipment will not even gobble up ten percent of money spent on government-executed projects.

The Majority Leader suggested that more fire-fighting machines and vehicles be provided to Bauchi Metropolis and each senatorial area should be provided with fire-fighting trucks and machines.

In his response, the Speaker, Abubakar Y Suleiman, praised the Majority Leader for bringing forward the motion which he said was very important as fires are becoming more prevalent in the state.

“As I come to the office today, I saw a vehicle burnt down around Ramadan Press. I believe that if we had a functioning fire system, the damage would not reach this level,” he said. -he tells.

In his contribution, Vice President, Danlami Ahmed Kawule, representing Zungur/Galambi Constituency, said the issue needs urgent attention.

He added that with the bill passed by the Assembly to make the fire service under the State Management Agency (SEMA) instead of the Ministry of Works and Transport, the issue of fires will be reduced as is the practice all over the world.

Also contributing, Yusuf M. Bako, representing Pali Constituency, attributed so many fires in the state to the hoarding and storage of petroleum products in homes, offices and shops by some people.

He added that the nature in which the structures are built, attached to each other, also contributes to severe damage during fires in the state, so he advised people to take precautionary measures.

On his part, Musa Wakili Nakwada representing Bogoro Constituency suggested that what needed to be done should be done, the government should be advised to purchase the fire fighting vehicles.

According to him, with the machines, incidents will be controlled, saying most of the state fire department vehicles are grounded, advising the government to buy fire fighting vehicles and place them in the main cities of the state.

The House unanimously approved the motion while the Speaker said that given the urgency and importance of the matter, contrary to the tradition of the House that the Clerk signs resolutions, he will personally sign the resolution and will personally present it to the Executive Governor of Bauchi State Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammad for prompt action.

By Yemi Kanji, Bauchi…

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