The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike has restated the commitment of his government to ensure the safety of lives and property of rivers people and its residents.
The governor who stated this while speaking on a live programme on the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, in Port-Harcourt was represented by Chief Hon.Thomas Bariere Ph.D, his Honourable Commissioner for Special Duties.
Speaking on NTA’s Hightlight Friday Programme on the topic ” Harmattan Season & Proactive Emergency Management”, Dr.Thomas blamed the frequent occurrence of disasters, especially fire in the state on ignorance and total disobedience of laws.
He called for continuous awareness as an instrument to drive policies and programs. He added that the Ministry of Special Duties under his leadership will partner with safety professionals, the organised private sector, and civil society organisations to ensure that safety awareness is driven to all corners of the state.
“We as a ministry is designing safety and emergency measures. We are activating our zonal offices across the state so as to drive fire safety awareness at the grassroots.
We are also looking at forwarding relevant bills to the state assembly to ensure peoples outright disobedience for safety laws are legally dealt with”, Dr.Thomas said.
According to him, this is in line with Gov.Wike’s directive that the Ministry carries out a full facility tour across the state at the various fire stations and emergency units, in order to understand what is needed so as to ensure the safety of life and property of Rivers people.
He said for prompt response to emergencies, there must be a unified system of communication where all the emergency agencies in the state will get notified at the same time when there is an emergency.
While advocating for the use of fire safety gadget in business places, homes and offices in Rivers state, He added that a special team shall be placed on ground to ensure compliance.
He reassured Rivers People that Gov.Wike prioritises their safety and urged them to call the following emergency numbers;
Fire Service: 07031522199
NEMA: 0800-Call NEMA