Peelinks Fire outbreak: Activists Lambasts State, Federal Fire Services for Failing in Responsibilities


… Wants Gov. Bello to Resuscitate State Fire Service

The Executive Director Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Comr. Idris Miliki, has described the fire accident that engulfed Peelinks Complex and victims of the Felele Tanker disaster as unfortunate, lamented the failure of institutions that failed in there responsibilities.

Comr. Miliki in a chat with Thenigerianpost after an on the spot visit to Peelinks Complex described the recent incidences of fire outbreaks occurring in the State as most Unfortunate, avoidable, condemned the actions of the Federal and State Fire Services for not been proactive and alive to there responsibilities.

According to the Activists, ” Peelinks is just some metres away from the Office of the Federal Fire Service in Federal Ministry of Works. The Peelinks Complex is equally not up to a Kilometer away from the office of the State Ministry of Works.

” Yet no help came to salvage the fire outbreak in the Peelinks Complex. Does it mean that people where not on duty. Does it mean that they lack the necessary equipments to work. Are they properly funded?

” We’ve always advocated that each local government should be equipped with a fire service but it is unfortunate that Government does not have its priorities right.”

” We are using this medium to call on the Kogi State Government to as a matter of urgency resuscitate the State Fire Services. It is unfortunate that in the last three years we’ve had series of fire outbreaks in the state with no commensurate response by the State Fire Service.

“We’ll continue to blame institutional failures for the inability to meet with putting off fire outbreaks in the state.

“Kogi State is witnessing infrastructure decay despite the present administration having assessed over N350billion yet we’re not seeing tangible efforts to mitigate disaster.

“Nothing is the present administration doing to curtail the flood disaster that has hit the state. This Government has no housing scheme to relocate People affected.

” As we speak we’ve Federal agencies the state who’s beneficiaries are the citizens of the State. Unfortunately, this Federal agencies do not enjoy any support of the state government even when they ought to be assisted.

“Today the Federal Medical Centre has been locked for several months with the State Government not showing any concern and yet it is the Citizens who ought to be the beneficiaries that are the worst hit.

” We therefore call on the State Government to quickly resuscitate the state fire Services and see how it can support the federal services so as to be well positioned to fight fire outbreaks which would always occur and leading to the loss of millions of Naira.

” I equally call on the Private sectors to contribute and partner in supporting agencies saddled with the responsibility of disaster management because no one is free from disaster.

Comr Miliki lamented that if the fire agencies were operating at optimum, it would have been easy to reach victims of the Felele fire incidence and in salvaging the Peelinks Complex.

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