Enugu state government has put machinery in motion for the establishment of a fire station at Nike Lake Hotel for protection of the tourist facility and its environs, using availability of water at the lake as an advantage.
Governor Ugwuanyi made the disclosure during a one-day safety workshop organised by the government for workers of the state fire service with the theme: “fire safety management in public places”.
The government`s renewed safety sensitisation is part of its current drive towards zero fire disaster with facility readiness at all nooks and cranny of the state.
Addressing the participants, Governor Ugwuanyi represented by the state commissioner for culture and tourism, Rita Mba, noted that government would not compromise efforts towards security and protection of lives and property of the citizenry.
Governor Ugwuanyi expressed hope that the initiative would enhance the awareness and preparedness of the workers for safety assurance of the facilities.
In his presentation on causes of fire and fire prevention, the state chief fire officer, Okwudiri Ohaa, explained that the programme was designed to awaken the public on the skills and their responsibilities for environmental protection against fire incident.
Ohaa said that government had empowered its fire service with the required equipment for public protection with the mass establishment of fire stations across the state.
Also, the special adviser to the governor on rural development, Uche Ogbonna, dwelt his lecture on the 4s of seriousness, safety, security and success as the key areas of focus in ensuring protection against fire incident, while the acting general manager of the establishment, Bonaventure Ugwunweze, promised that the state government’s initiative would prepare them against avoidable occurrences of fire.
The exercise was a component of the government`s policy thrust in the recent establishment of five new fire stations, evenly distributed across the three senatorial zones of the state.