The federal government has approved N10. 4 billion for the procurement of fire fighting vehicles and equipment for the Federal Fire Service.
Minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa.
He said, “The council considered and approved the procurement of various firefighting equipment. The total sum of the approval is N10, 436, 375, 340.96. The breakdown is as follows; the approval covers the supply of 44 firefighting engines, it also covers the supply of 15 water tankers, 15 rapid intervention fire engines, not conventional ones, that can go into any nook and cranny to respond to distressed calls.
“The approval also covers the supply of 20 basic life support ambulances. So, in all we are talking about 79 firefighting equipment and support vehicles.”
Aregbesola said the procurement of the vehicles would enhance the capacity of the Federal Fire Service, to effectively control and manage emergencies relating to fire.
He used the opportunity to appeal to state governments to also equip their own fire services, so as to compliment the work of the Federal Fire Service operating in their states.
The Interior Minister also announced that the ministry got an approval of N353.2 million for the deployment of an integrated real-time data repository equipment for the Nigeria Immigration Service headquarters in Abuja.