November 9, 2021.
In furtherance to the resolve by the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reduce fire outbreaks and other disasters to the barest minimum in the FCT, the Director-General FEMA, Alh. Idriss Abbas has emphasized the need for sellers of flammable materials to be segmented outside the markets, adding that it will go a long way to prevent fire outbreaks in the markets.
He also advised market managers to centralize the use of generators in the markets and shopping malls.
Reacting to the recent tragic kerosene surface tank fire explosion which occurred recently in Kubwa village market that claimed 10 lives. The Director-General urged marketers to desist from dispensing kerosene and fuel from surface tanks to avert the reoccurrence of disasters.
He blamed the incidences of most fire incidences on human errors which he attribute to the illegal connection of electrical appliances, storage of fuel in shops, sale of flammable materials near people selling food and unauthorized places, thereby endangering lives and properties.
Saddened by the tragic incident, Alh. Idriss stated that several people sustained different degrees of burns, and were receiving treatment at the Kubwa General Hospital and some were later referred to National Hospital following the directives of the Honorable Minister of State(FCT) Dr. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu, after a visit to the Hospital to commiserate with the people.
He revealed that 5 lives were lost on the day of the fire incident, while 5 more were lost the following day at National Hospital, bringing to a total of 10 lives lost, among those that lost their lives include a pregnant woman and 2 children of the same family.
Alh. Idriss, therefore, advised residents, shop owners, and shopping malls to desist from acts that are inimical to safety in and around them “Especially as we are approaching the harmattan season or they will shear from the problem when fire occurs” he stressed.
The Director-General further tasked the Abuja Market Management Authority Limited (AMML) to implement the fire code that stipulates among other requirements that the public and private building should install smoke detectors and fire alarms and to also ensure the market has at least a Fire Hydrant, Hose Reel, and other fire defense equipment at a strategic point in the market the markets.
The FEMA Boss commended all the stakeholders including the Nigerian Police NSCDC, NEMA Federal Fire Service, FCT Fire Service and other relevant stakeholders, for their combined efforts in containing the inferno within shortest period of time and also ensuring the law and order is maintained. He encouraged residents to be safety conscious regardless of the type of business they are into.
He also commended the commissioner of police for his active collaboration and good intention to get to the remote cause(s) of the inferno
While sympathizing with the families of the victim of the fire, Alh. Idriss urged shop owners to always call the 112 toll free emergency number for quick response to any fire outbreak or any disaster, noting that it is only through prompt response that effective disaster management can be achieved.
He then tasked residents to cooperate with the FCT Administration in its efforts to reduce disaster by being safety conscious at all times and urged all hands to be on deck to report any emergency cases promptly so as to enable the Agency to respond properly and effectively.