₦1.8 billion is a lot of money to average Nigerians but at the same time, fire incidents can cause damage worth trillions of naira if not curbed with adequate tools and equipment. These are the two points of view causing debates currently among Nigerians after the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola recently commissioned 10 new firefighter trucks worth ₦1.8 billion in Abuja. The minister took to his official Twitter handle to reveal that the NRS (National Response Strategy) attended to 2,615 emergency calls between June 2019 and October while saving 1.629 trillion worth of assets and 724 lives during that period alone.
Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola commissions 10 brand-new firefighter trucks worth ₦1.8 billion
In a bid to enhance the efforts of the FFS (Federal Fire Service), the Interior Minister has now officially commissioned 10 brand-new fire trucks which he believes will help to respond adequately to fire incidents and emergencies across Nigeria. While speaking at the inauguration ceremony for this newly acquired fire trucks, Rauf Aregbesola says that the successful delivery of the modern trucks should serve as proof that President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to reposition the FFS in Nigeria.
According to the Minister, the deployment of this new set of firefighting trucks to several FFS zonal offices across Nigeria should cause a drop in the number of fire outbreaks that are unattended to. He remarked that the agency has been saving people’s lives as well as properties through their swift response to emergency fire outbreaks across the country.
During the inauguration ceremony, Dr Liman Ibrahim – the Controller-General of Federal Fire Service - revealed in his welcome speech that the 10 brand-new fire trucks cost about ₦1.8 billion to acquire as they are modern and better-equipped than regular trucks.
These are the 10 new firefighting trucks that cost the FFS about ₦1.8 billion to acquire
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And speaking of recent support towards government organizations, Billionaire Abdul Samad Isyaku Rabiu’s BUA Foundation recently donated 20 vehicles and 5 ambulances to Kano state government as COVID-19 aid.
Meanwhile, the fight to curb COVID-19 infection in Nigeria still continues as health experts now claim that Nigeria is getting close to having a vaccine for the disease. The press video below confirms this claim;
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