Bayelsa Govt Expresses Readiness To Partner CSOs

Bayelsa  State Government has expressed its readiness to partner with Federal Government towards recruitment of more indigenes of the state into the Federal Fire Service to meet the right quota of employment allocated to the state.

Governor Diri made the call while commissioning a rapid response fire-fighting truck deployed to the state command of the Federal Fire Service, at the Government House in Yenagoa recently.

The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Senator Ewhrudjakpo, noted with displeasure that the state was being shortchanged in several federal agencies where the quota system is used as a criterion for employment.

While expressing the Controller-General of the Federal Fire Service for deploying the ultramodern fire-fighting equipment to the state, he urged the Service to make deliberate efforts to employ Bayelsans to fill the quota meant for the state for the sake of fairness and equity.

He also called on the state command of the Federal Fire Service to kickstart a fire safety awareness programme on radio to enlighten the people on how to prevent fire incidents and measures to take in the event of any outbreak.

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He observed that the Slim-built Anti-fire Truck would enhance firefighting in the state, and urged.
the Fire Service to take quick steps to deploy water craft fire-fighting equipment in the riverine communities to mitigate fire outbreaks, which he lamented, claimed a few lives this year.

“We are grateful to the Controller General of the Federal Fire Service for making this unique donation to the Bayelsa State Command. Fire is like death which doesn’t make an announcement before it occurs. While we are not praying for fire outbreaks, we must be prepared to get rid of it whenever it occurs. So the deployment of this fire truck is a shot in the arm, in terms of our desire to make sure that in case of any fire incident, it is timely put out. We also want to see how fire ambulance crafts can be deployed to our rural areas because fire incidents are not restricted to only the urban areas”, he noted.

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“Bayelsa is about 70 percent littoral, so we will be very appreciative if the Fire Service move with a little bit of speed in terms of deploying water craft firefighting equipment to our riverine communities in Brass, Ekeremor and Southern Ijaw LGAs. We also want to talk about employment of Bayelsans. I believe that Bayelsa is not having enough of its quota of those in the Federal Fire Service. We will be really looking forward in seeing how you could increase recruitment of our people”, he added.

Earlier in his presentation, the State Controller of the Federal Fire Service, ACF Amos Diton, disclosed that Bayelsa was the only state in the entire South-South and South-East that has been allocated with the rapid response fire fighting truck.

Amos who thanked the state government for always lending support to the Federal Fire Service in the state, appealed to the Governor to provide the state command with a piece of land to build a functional operational office.

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He also made an appeal for the leadership of the state command of the Federal Fire Service to be part of security council meetings, and the provision of a utility vehicle to enhance the operational mobility of the Command.

By Owunna Goodness, Bayelsa