The Nasarawa State Fire Service received 14 distress calls and 12 fire incidents that claimed 25 lives within the third quarter of 2018, according to Alhaji Dogara Dalhatu, the State’s Chief Fire Officer.
Dalhatu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Monday in Lafia that the service also received two emergency calls requiring rescue operations after some people fell into a river.
He said that the 25 persons that died during the period under review perished in a gas explosion that occurred on Sept. 10.
“Because of the volatility of the gas explosion, we recorded 25 deaths but also rescued many other lives,” he said.
The official said that property worth about N3.2 million was lost to fire-related incidences within the period, but disclosed that the fire service saved property whose estimated value stood at N206 million.
Noting that fire incidents were more during the hazy dry weather, he cautioned residents against bushy environments, and also advised them to be extra vigilant.
Dalhatu advised local government and development areas to establish fire stations to reduce incidents of fire outbreaks, or contain them when they happened.
He also advised the state government to establish more fire stations across the state to ease access during emergencies.
The official also advised members of the public to be prompt in announcing fire outbreaks, saying that more lives and property would be saved if the alert was quick enough.
He appealed to government to provide more manpower to handle existing fire stations, and also emphasised the need to train fire fighters on modern ways of handling fire outbreaks.
“The fireman needs special training and constant retraining to adjust to modern trends in fire-fighting.
“There are also modern fire-fighting equipment; our young firemen need to be trained on how to handle them,’’ he said.
Breast Cancer Patients In Ondo State To Benefit From N9.5m Aid
Someindigent breast cancer patients in Ondo state will benefit from the largesse of some Ondo state political appointees who have donated nine and a half million Naira to assist in the cost of their treatment.
Ondo state Governor’s wife, Betty Akeredolu announced the gift during the forum for wives of Ondo state officials summit on Thursday in Akure.
Mrs. Akeredolu said women were very important in nation-building, and that the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria will continue to work to ensure that no woman in the state was killed by the deadly disease.
The nine and a half million Naira donation was raised through auctions.
Nigeria Remains Third Most Terrorized Country In The World
Nigeria still holds the unenviable position as the third most terrorized country in the world.
The 2018 global terrorism index, released on Wednesday, says this is as a result of the spate of terrorism in Nigeria. It also points to what it called the “increase in violence involving Fulani extremists”. The report says this is happening as deaths committed by Boko Haram are falling..
Nigeria is ranked only below Iraq and Afghanistan, both in first and second positions.
This year alone, hundreds of Nigerians have been killed in attacks by suspected herdsmen as well as clashes between the herders and farmers/communities.
States worst hit in the attacks are Plateau, Benue, Zamfara, Taraba and others.
The report also noted that, compared to the peak of “terrorist deaths” in 2014, “the largest falls in the number of deaths occurred in Iraq, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
First Phase Of Second Niger Bridge To Be Completed By February 2019
By the end of February next year, the Federal Government will be ready to deliver the completed first phase of the second Niger bridge that cost more than 200 billion Naira.
The Bridge is now sixteen percent completed with a total direct Federal Government funding of 33 billion Naira under the presidential infrastructure development fund.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Uche Orji, gave the completion date while updating journalists on the level of work on the bridge so far.
Orji said, when completed, the six lane bridge would ease the transportation gridlock on the Asaba-Onitsha corridor linking the eastern and western parts of the country and beyond.
The bridge will be completed in three phases.
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