Dr Ibrahim Liman, the Comptroller General of the Federal Fire Service of Nigeria has said the service would withdraw from any State where his men or equipment are attacked during the course of discharging their duties.
Liman made this known in Akure during a courtesy visit to the office of the Governor of Ondo State, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on Tuesday.
Liman, who said he was in Ondo with his men for a week-long retreat for management staff of the fire service, disclosed that the training would boost the service delivery of his men.
He noted that most people didn’t know that his men might have to drive 100 km at times to get to their destination, only to be attacked by angry mobs out of “alleged sympathy”.
Liman said that the service had been boosted for better service delivery by the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He, however, noted that the staff strength of the service had moved from under 1,000 staff before 2015 to over 6,000 and with the acquisition of 141 trucks, while another 59 already purchased were to reach the country soon.
According to him, the response of his men to fire disasters had improved with the presence of the service in 13 zones and all the states of the federation.
Meanwhile, on his part, Governor Akeredolu said the visit was an important one as the season changes from wet to dry one where issues of fire beckon.
Akeredolu, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, said he was enthusiastic about cordial relationships and the cooperation of the Federal Fire Service with the state arm of the agency.
“I cannot but note here that we’re very pleased to receive to the State a while ago a Fire Tanker, an Ambulance, and a Fire Truck from the Federal Fire Service.
“This’s no doubt very significant support and a boost from the federal agency.”