Abuja - Prof. Viola Onwuliri, the Minister
of State for Education, said on Friday that fire did not gut her ministry on
May 14, contrary to media reports.
It is recalled that staffers and
visitors at the Phase 3 of the Federal Secretariat were evacuated on Thursday,
May 14, as smoke engulfed the building.
But reacting to the incident, Onwuliri said there were no
flames as the smoke was quickly put off, noting that some media reports on the
issue were sensationalised.
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She expressed her feelings at the unveiling of the Final
Report of Key Achievements of the 4-Year Strategic Plan for the Development of
the Education Sector: 2011- 2015.
The minister said that the reports portrayed that fire
destroyed the secretariat, including the Accounts Section of the education
"It is annoying that some section of the media reported
that fire gutted the ministry.
"There was an incident but nobody can say he saw flames; it
was just smoke; fortunately for us, firefighters were alerted and they
"So, the Accounts Section was not burnt as reported; nobody
was harmed; property was not destroyed,'' Onwuliri explained.
A NAN correspondent who visited the Federal Secretariat
reports that normalcy has returned as workers were seen carrying out their