The Ekiti State government has employed 59 firefighters to bolster firefighting operations in the state as part of its proactive measures to reduce fires in the state.
The Commissioner for Public Services and Infrastructures, Mr. Bamidele Faparusi, explained at the end of the staff training that the job was done to empower the six gas stations in Ekiti.
Faparusi urged the new staff to devote themselves to the duty, saying Ekiti State Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi has once again demonstrated his love for the security of life and property as well as the development of the human capital, through the use of fire fighters.
âWhen Governor Kayode Fayemi arrived in 2010 for his first term, he procured multi-million naira firefighting machines and recruited hundreds of people. But when we came back in 2018, some of these machines were down and the staff had burned out due to retirement.
âWe need to have a viable firefighting mechanism that can make investors trust Ekiti and invest here.
âThe firefighters had been trained for six months. They will be deployed at the six service stations in Ikere, Omuo, Aramoko, Ijero, Ikole and Ido Ekiti to carry out rapid operations.
âThe damaged equipment is being rehabilitated and refurbished while contracts for the supply of consumables have been awarded to assist fire operations.
“The fire can break out at any time, the government felt that the department should be a good emergency service capable of responding to situations expected by the public,” he said.
On the issue of the Independent Electricity Project (IPP), Bamidele said Governor Fayemi would only hire a company that can offer Ekiti the best and not one that messes up the process.
Bamidele added that the government has a law supporting the IPP project, expressing confidence that the next government should continue the program to boost the state’s power supply for industrial development.
âThe government cannot do an electricity project on its own and that is why we are attracting investors, but the government investment in the sector must be profitable because we are spending people’s money.
âThe proposed agricultural processing area will be supplied with biogas. We also plan to feed all government institutions with the IPP project, so that the light sent to these offices can be diverted for other purposes.
âThe future of Ekiti is what we are building and we cannot build it in a rush. Whatever we do now, we will be called upon to report on it in the future. Thus, the government will be cautious about the guarantee it will offer to any company that wishes to sign a memorandum of understanding with us for the power supply, âhe said.
“If you don’t allow the south now, that means they will wait another eight years before firing on it and the state would have existed democratically for 32 years without a governor of the south.”
The former minority deputy whip, however, said the ruling All Progressives (APC) congress could be defeated by the PDP if the party got it wrong in electing a bad candidate as its standard bearer.