The Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, on Tuesday called on the Federal Fire Service (FFS) to continue to introduce measures to improve its service in line with best practices.
Moro made the call in Abuja on Tuesday at the inauguration of a Fire Alert System (FAS) aimed at aiding the FFS's timely response to fire outbreaks.
"Your responsibilities have in these troubled days, become complicated and compounded as a result of terrorist activities."
The minister expressed the hope that the system would meet the aspiration of the citizens.
"Fire incident is a regular occurrence in the nation. When it is out of control, it kills, maims and destroys. It promotes poverty and homelessness," he said.
Moro noted that the fire service was established to ensure safety of lives and property and decried the poor response to emergency calls and the cumbersome nature of collating fire statistics for effective planning and fire safety delivery.
He explained that the alert system was aimed at improving the response time in emergencies, "hence the service, in collaboration with 2TOC Solution, came up with the alert system being inaugurated today."
The minister said the system was sustainable and affordable and urged organisations and private individuals to key into the project to reduce destruction of lives and property.