Sokoto - No fewer than twelve persons died as a result of
385 fire incidents in Sokoto State from January till December 2016, according
to the Director-General of the State Fire Service Department, Alhaji Ibrahim
Dingyadi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on
Monday that, properties worth over N 2.1 billion were also lost in the
Properties worth over N 2.8 billion were also saved from the
blazes by the Department.
Dingyadi attributed most of the infernos to electrical
faults and mishandling of fires in homes, markets and other commercial areas.
“The Department has embarked on series of sensitisation
campaigns to raise awareness of the residents on fire prevention and
“They are also being sensitized on the need to report fire
outbreaks on time, as well as follow laid down rules and regulations in
The director-general further disclosed that the state
government has recently ordered for ten new fire engines for the department.
Similarly, five of the existing ones have been refurbished,
while eight new fire stations were being established.
“We are also in the process of rehabilitating the existing
fire stations, recruitment of new firemen, training and retraining.
“We are also in the process of taking over the fire engines
in the 23 local governments, to boost fire prevention and control,” Dingyadi
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