By Daniel .T
About N2.35 billion worth of properties in the Federal Captial Territory (FCT) have been lost to fire outbreaks in seven months.
The Director FCT Fire Service, Julius Opetunsin disclosed this on Tuesday at the inauguration of another new station in Zuba.
He said with the inauguration of the new station at the outskirts it will help in curbing cases of fire outbreaks.
Opetunsin said,”With the addition of this one now we have 15 Fire Stations within the FCT. From January to date we recorded about 325 fire outbreaks.
“The properties we lost is about 2.35 billion value. It is not only fire that we fight. We also go for recues. Recently we have flood disaster and we have building collapse”
He called on the FCT residents and stakeholders to work with men of the fire service in tackling issues that lead to fire outbreaks.
The director explained that the FCT Minister has put a lot of money together to buy equipment for fighting fire incidences, and must be supported.
“When you go to salvage people, property and people now vandalize those vehicles, they are not encouraging the FCT Minister’s effort. I want to implore them that once there is fire they should just call us and within two to three minutes we are there. They should protect our equipment so that we will protect lives and property” he said.
On his part, the director legal services Abuja Municipal Management Council (AMMC), Isah Abdullahi explained that the job of a Fire Service Officer is a very important one to the community, residents must support them.
He said the FCT minister’s intervention in this regard cannot be overemphasized and must be appreciated.