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FEMA intensifies efforts to stop the spread of market fires

The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) increased its efforts to contain the spread of fire in the markets, workplaces, homes, and other public areas of the nation’s capital.

In order to inform vendors and customers about how to minimize fire outbreaks, Mrs. Florence Wenegieme, Director of FEMA’s Forecasting Response Mitigation, led a team to Kubwa Village Market on Thursday.

She gave a stern warning against the selling of kerosene sealant and engine oil there.

Wenegieme sneered at the return of those who were selling petroleum products after the market explosion in 2022, which was caused by those selling kerosene.

According to her: ” Today, we are in Kubwa Market, you will recall that sometimes ago there was a kerosene explosion in this Kubwa village market and to be specific at this location.

” This is a location where a lady was selling kerosene and another woman was frying beans cake and there was explosion and we were involved in the rescue operation.

” Since, then we use to come here to carryout sensitisation to talk to them and advice them on the dos and don’t in terms of disasters of different kinds.”

She explained that during dry season, the agency discouraged traders from selling petroleum products in different locations because such products are supposed to be sold only at the filling station.

” But if you look around you will see people selling petroleum products like kerosene, dizseal, engine oil, under the high-tension wire.

” Looking in front of us we have a generator mechanic and somebody selling kerosene right beside a transformer and under the high-tension wire.

” That is why the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, the Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, the Permanent Secretary of FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola and the Director-General of FEMA, Abbas Idriss, directed us to come out immediately to advice the residents on how to mitigate the incidence of fire outbreak in the territory.”

Wenegieme, however, asssured that the agency would continue to intensify efforts to rid the territory of all kinds of disaster with a view to save lives and properties.

Her words: ” What we are doing here is a continuation of the Dry Season sensitisation which we started in November 2022.

” We have been moving from one market to another to enlighten traders on how they can prevent fire outbreak in the market.”

The director, however, commended the market management for the provision of fire extinguisher in various locations in the market and urged the FCT Fire Service to carryout comprehensive check on the market.

Meanwhile, the Divisional Fire Officer, Kubwa Division, Uwadoneh Idorenyi, emphasised the need for traders and the FCT residents to avoid all risk factors associated with fire outbreak.

She also advised residents to have Fire blanket in their kitchens, avoid storing petroleum products at homes and ensure to switch off all electrical appliances whenever they are going out.

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