By G9ija

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has called on the state’s residents to cooperate with fire fighters to improve the latter’s response time to distress calls.

Fayemi made the call on Thursday in Ado Ekiti while inaugurating a state-of-the-art fire truck which the Federal Fire Service donated to its Ekiti counterpart.

The governor commended the Federal Fire Service (FFS) for providing the truck.

He said that there was the need to support the FFS in its quest to improve fire safety in the country.

“I see firefighting as one of the most essential services to render.

“This is a critical profession where we also have to make sure that the remuneration is at par with what is obtained in other well-sought- after jobs,” he said.

Fayemi tasked Ekiti Office of Transformation, Strategy and Delivery to work closely with the state fire service to understand its challenges and make recommendations on how to tackle operational issues.

“I have also instructed the supervising ministry, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, to develop a framework and guidelines that will enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the state fire service.

“There is also the need for collaboration between the service and the emergency call centres,” he said.

The governor stated that the rate of fire outbreaks in the state had been on the decline since 2019.

He attributed the success to the combined efforts of the relevant organisations mandated to combat and prevent fire incidents in the state.

The FFS Controller-General, Mr  Ibrahim Liman,  reiterated the need for citizens to have the emergency phone numbers of firefighting stations nearest to them.

“Report all fire incidents on time wherever you reside and know the nearest fire station to you.

“We are asking Ekiti people to cooperative with the state government, as well as the state and federal fire services,” he said.

Liman disclosed that the FFS has plans to establish a Fire Volunteer Club and urged Nigerians to key into the new initiative.

“If we have volunteers we will now go to the grassroots and by so doing fire incidences will reduce,” he said.

He praised Ekiti government for recently recruiting 59 fire fighters and acquiring new fire trucks and refurbishing old ones.