Enugu State Fire Service has extended its fire safety re-assessment to palm kernel crushing and refining factories within Enugu metropolis in continuation of the state government’s directive to reassess safety preparedness of fire prone locations.
In view of this, the State Chief Fire Officer, Okwudili Oha, led a team of fire service officers to palm kernel factories in Emene and Red Cross.
Conducting the team round the palm kernel crushing factories, the state chief fire officer, Okwudili Oha explained that the visit was to ascertain if the companies were licensed and whether they have the necessary firefighting equipment.
After a tour of Micho Palm Crushing Factory in Emene, Oha revealed that the factory has the required firefighting equipment but lacked the fire safety certificate to operate.
He however, faulted Aniuzo International, Emene, for non-functional fire extinguishers, fire service permit among others.
At San Savannah, the team frowned at the existence of illegal wielding and soap making factory, premium motor spirit tankers, which it said are hazardous and against activities stipulated to be carried out in such fire prone vicinity.
The team also met with Gas Dealer’s Association Enugu State Chapter, At Agbani road as well as visited palm kernel crushing factories at Red Cross, Holy Ghost.
Reacting to the exercise, the Commercial Manager of Micho Palm, Chukwudi Muozoba, Administration Manager, Aniuzo International, Aloysius Onuora and Deputy Chairman, Gas Dealers Asociation, Lawrence Okolo commended the efforts of the state government and fire service officers in sensitizing them on the need to be safety conscious and promised to do the necessary things.
The state chief fire officer also led the team to spaces and offices designed for fire service operations in Ogbete Market that are occupied by traders.
The chairman of Enugu north local government, Emma Onoh during the event assured the team of his support in achieving their goals in line with the state government’s agenda.
Defaulters were given 5 working days to do the needful or be punished accordingly.