Jonathan appoints new Fire Service Controller-General

President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Joseph Anebi as Controller-General of the Federal Fire Service.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the service, Biodun Obisesan, in Abuja.

According to the statement, the appointment was made on Thursday, December 4, 2014.

Mr. Anebi was the Controller in Charge of Logistics at the headquarters of the service in Abuja before the appointment.

He takes over from Ademola Jolaoso who served in acting capacity for four months.
The statement said the new Controller General would be decorated on December 17 by the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro.

Meanwhile Borno State Fire Services (BOFS) has said it recorded 92 cases of fire outbreaks in the last ten months of 2014, warning that people should desist from use of “candles and charcoal” to lit and cook during the harmattan season.

Giving the warnings in Maiduguri, the Director of BOFS, Alhaji Musa Hussaini, disclosed that the fire outbreaks occurred between January and October this year with no loss of life.

He however said that two persons were rescued in separate fire incidents in two separate wards of Maiduguri metropolis, the state capital.

According to him, the fire outbreaks were mostly caused by candle lights, illegal connection of electric wires and negligence on the part of some residents and members of the communities in the state. He advised residents in the state to desist from using charcoal for warming and cooking during this harmattan season that may last till April or May next year.

“The people should be very cautious in using charcoal to get warm in their homes, especially during this harmattan period, because it can endanger their lives and property,” Hussaini said.

He said the Fire Service had procured 61 fire fighting vehicles that could assist in quick response to distressed calls from residents and other members of the communities.

Hussaini said that the agency would employ 100 workers to be drawn from the youth Vigilante group known as Civilian JTF to work under the agency. “This will include 65 fire fighters and 35 drivers with a view to complimenting the shortage of manpower we have experienced.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) has commenced traffic rules enforcement in Borno, warning motorists in the state to ensure “strict compliance” with traffic rules and regulation.

The Sector Commander of the FRSC, Abdulkadir Najume, gave the warning yesterday at the kick off of its 2014 ember months campaign in Maiduguri, the state capital.

Najume said that this year’s campaigns with the theme: “Speed violation and use of phone while driving,” was designed to sensitise the motoring public to respect traffic regulations to reduce carnage on the roads. According to him, this year’s ember months campaign was low keyed in view of the security challenges in the state.

He also explained that the command had intensified patrol on motorists who are driving and making phone calls at the same time, as well as under age drivers.

He urged parents to desist from allowing their children that are not above 18 years to be driving, pointing out that the command would deal with anyone found wanting in that regard.

“Parents are of the non-challant attitude of allowing their under age children to be driving without driver’s license. They should desist from doing so. It is the tradition of the FRSC that at every end of the year, we call attention of the public to the need to be cautious while driving.

“Making roads to be safe is the work of everybody, we must all join hands to ensure safety on our roads,” said Najume.

According to him, the FRSC is collaborating with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), the police and the media in its sensitisation campaigns with a view to reducing accidents on the roads

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