Enugu State

Governor Proactively Donates Fire Extinguishers

Enugu State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike donates fire extinguishers to major markets in the state. Saturday, 14 January 2023.

Yesterday, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State donated Fire Ball Extinguishers worth millions of naira to all major markets in the state as part of his administration’s proactive measures to prevent and control fire outbreaks, especially during the dry season.

The State Chief Fire Officer, Engr. Okwudiri Ohaa, who spoke during the handing over of the firefighting equipment to leaders of the markets at the Head Office of the Enugu State Fire Service Station in Enugu, explained that the Fire Ball Extinguishers will act as a preventative measure in case of any fire outbreak in the markets.

He also praised the Governor for his commitment to the safety of life and property by extending the equipment to all major markets in the state and for approving the establishment of Mini Fire Service Stations, Fire Units, and the deployment of firefighting trucks and Rapid Respond Vehicles to various markets in the state.

Engr. Ohaa stressed the importance of the Fire Ball Extinguishers in the market and pointed out that “if fire occurs in our markets without necessary palliative measures in place, it could lead to a disastrous situation.”

The State Chief Fire Officer, therefore, commended Governor Ugwuanyi for being a leader who is sensitive to the plight of his people.

He disclosed that the governor equally approved the establishment of Mini Fire Service Station at Ogige Market, Nsukka, adding that the construction of the building has been completed.

Engr. Ohaa also disclosed that Governor Ugwuanyi further approved the establishment of Fire Unit in Orba International Market, deployment of one firefighting truck and one Rapid Respond Vehicle to Ogige Market, Nsukka, one Rapid Respond Vehicle to Orba International Market, and one Firefighting Truck each to Ogbete Main Market Enugu and Timber Shed, Maryland, Enugu.

The Chief Fire Officer, who expressed gratitude that Governor Ugwuanyi has repositioned Enugu State Fire Service by transforming it from a moribund state to an effective and more responsive department, revealed that firefighters that will man the newly established Mini Fire Service Stations have been recruited and are currently undergoing Basic Fireman Training.

Engr. Ohaa announced that the construction of a modern and befitting Head Office of the State Fire Service in Enugu by Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration has been completed and waiting for inauguration by the governor.

In his speech, the Commissioner for Rural Development, Barr. Dr. Kingsley Udeh applauded Governor Ugwuanyi for the proactive measures being put in place by his administration to safeguard the life and property of the traders including that of the entire people of the state.

Dr. Udeh, therefore, urged the people of Enugu State, particularly those from Enugu North Senatorial District to reciprocate the governor’s gesture by voting massively for him to represent the district in the National Assembly on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He equally urged the people of the state to vote overwhelmingly for the PDP governorship candidate, Dr. Peter Ndubuisi Mbah, his running mate, Barr. Ifeanyi Ossai and other candidates of the party in the state in the forthcoming elections.

Reacting, traders across the 37 markets in the state, under the auspices of Enugu State Market Amalgamated Traders Association (ESMATA) praised the Governor for his efforts in ensuring the safety of markets in the state and for introducing a Traders Empowerment Scheme to assist them in growing their businesses.

The elated traders revealed that Ugwuanyi has written his name in gold as the first governor since the creation of Enugu State to positively transform the State Fire Service for optimal results.

The traders praised the Governor’s generosity and dedication to their well-being, citing his introduction of the innovative Traders Empowerment Scheme which helped them grow their businesses by awarding each of them N50,000 through open raffle draws. They added that the Governor’s employment of young people in the state fire service not only provided jobs for the unemployed youth but also contributed to the success of the fire service.

The Chairman of ESMATA, Chief Stephen Aniagu stated that Governor Ugwuanyi has a great love for traders and implored God, whom he believes the governor has entrusted the state to, to continue to bless, protect, and guide the governor so that he will finish his term well and win a landslide victory in the upcoming senatorial election.

Market leaders who spoke at the event, including the Chairperson of Ogige Market Nsukka, Chief Mrs. Ngozika Ozioko, the Chairman of Nsukka Zonal Amalgamated Traders Association, Hon. Dr. Dominic Ezema, the President of Enugu State Market Women Association, Hon. Mrs. Esther Ede, and the Chief Security Officer of Ogbete Main Market, Enugu, Engr. Justice Kasie Ezebinagu, all praised Governor Ugwuanyi for his effective administration and efforts to improve the conditions and safety of traders and their goods in the markets.