Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a resolution, calling on the State Government to create additional Divisional Fire Stations, as well as upgrade the existing ones with modern fire fighting engines, water tankers and other equipment.
The passage of the resolution titled H.R. No. 021/OG/2019, followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sheriff, seconded by Adeniran Ademola and supported by all the lawmakers through a voice vote at a Plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo.
The Assembly members commiserated with victims of fire outbreak at the old Toll Gate area, in Ado-Odo/ Ota and Oke-Itoku area of Abeokuta recently, while commending the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for his assistance to the victims.
Opening debate on the resolution, the Deputy Speaker, Oludare Kadiri, who lamented the loss of lives and properties arising from the fire incidence, said it had become expedient for the State to immediately procure more modern fire fighting equipment to prepare the Divisional Fire Stations for effective response to distress calls of fire outbreak in any part of the State.
Lending their support to the passage of the resolution, Honourables Abdul Bashir Oladunjoye, Abayomi Fasuwa, Adegoke Adeyanju and Yusuf Adejojo, stressed the importance of modern equipment to fire disaster management, with a call for special recognition to industrial areas in the State as the dry season approaches, in order to reduce incidence of fire outbreak.
Also, lawmakers including Adeyemi Ademuyiwa, Kunle Sobukanla and Kemi Oduwole, while appraising the operations of the State Fire Service, canvassed for the provision of emergency numbers and more administrative measures to enhance professionalism and quality service delivery.
In another development, the Assembly says plans are underway to create an enabling law for Waste Management Agency in the State, towards ensuring best practices in waste management through effective generation and hygienic disposal of wastes.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olukunle Oluomo stated this in his response to the submission of his deputy, Oludare Kadiri, under Personal Explanation, who reported the state of refuse dumps at different points at Ago-Iwoye, Mamu Markets and condition of some roads in his constituency.
He assured that the State Public Works Agency would soon commence massive rehabilitation and application of palliatives where necessary, as soon as the rainy season is over, advising residents to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse by the road sides and undesignated points to avert outbreak of diseases in the State.