Aregbesola says protection of life and property should not be handled with levity

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Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said the safety and protection of life and property of Nigerians should not be handled with levity.

He gave this advice to newly promoted officers and men of the Federal Fire Service (FFS), urging them to step up their games in their responses to emergencies across the country.

Aregbesola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, gave the charge while decorating 157 newly-promoted officers of the Federal Fire Service at the service headquarters in Abuja.

A statement on Saturday by Ozokwelu Nonye of the Press and Public Relations Directorate of the Ministry of Interior, quoted the Minister to have told the newly-promoted officers that: “You must step up your performance and ensure as much as possible, to step down response time to emergency calls and as well, have the right attitude to grow the service so that the public will recognize how important and effective you are, because, to whom much is given, much is expected.”

He added that being worthy of promotion was just the first step, earning the confidence the people have in them was very necessary.

The Minister while congratulating the officers for their well-deserved promotion, stated that it was an honour to decorate the officers after due process had been followed by being examined, screened, confirmed and found worthy of being promoted.

He said: “The future of the service to a large extent is in your hands and you are responsible for encouraging those funding the service.”

He noted further that the most important duties of the service was not only putting out fire which is what most people think but rescuing and saving life and property of citizens.

The Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Dr Liman Ibrahim appreciated the efforts of the Minister and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior by ensuring that the service was being positively reformed.

He disclosed that among the 157 officers promoted were four Deputy Controller Generals, 14 Assistant Controller Generals, nine Controllers (CFs), 11 Deputy Controllers (DCFs), and 26 Assistant Controllers (ACFs).

He lamented that an officer who was also to be decorated died before the event.

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