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Federal Fire Service Saves166 Lives, N15trn Worth Of Property In Q2 Of 2021; Rescues 82 Persons In Distress – Aregbesola

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The Federal Fire Service in the second quarter of 2021 saved about 166 lives, rescued about 82 persons in distress due to fire and other related emergencies while saving property worth over N15.1 trillion. This is also as 27 lives were lost and property estimated at N3.017 trillion destroyed.

This much was revealed by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the commissioning of the state-of-the-art fire-fighting truck deployed by the Federal Government of Nigeria to compliment firefighting in Taraba State at the Government House Jalingo, the State Capital on Tuesday.

“It is noted that 2020 into 2021 has witnessed frightening fire incidents, ranging from markets to gas and pipelines fires around the country. Statistics at our disposal show that the FFS in the second quarter of 2021 received 638 fire calls from which regrettably, 27 lives were lost and property estimated at N3.017 trillion destroyed.

“The good news however, is that the Service within the quarter under review also saved about 166 lives, rescued about 82 persons in distress due to fire and other related emergencies while saving property worth over N15.1 trillion” Ogbeni Aregbesola noted.

While thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for his resolve to strengthen the service, Ogbeni Aregbesola stated that the President’s support to all the services in his ministry has been immense.

“I must thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued support for the Ministry of Interior and her agencies. It pleases me to state that the delivery of the fire truck to Taraba State as seen today is indeed further testimony of the President’s resolve to reposition the FFS for better service delivery in line with its core mandate, which include humanitarian and emergency services.

“I must say that since the inception of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, FFS has experienced a phenomenal transformation from a moribund department to a vibrant organisation equipped with modern and state-of-the-art firefighting equipment and today we are here to deliver one of the firefighting trucks to Federal Fire Service, Taraba State Command, to be manned by well trained, dedicated and committed personnel” the Minister noted.

Ogbeni Aregbesola also revealed that the equipment being commissioned “is part of the N10.4 billion infrastructure upgrade approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on March 3rd, 2021 comprising of 44 firefighting engines, 15 water tankers, 15 rapid intervention fire engines (not conventional ones) that can go into the nooks and crannies to respond to distressed calls and 20 basic life support ambulances”

The Minister, however, charged the State Government to invest in firefighting equipment for its own state fire service as the role of the Federal Fire Service was only complimentary and firefighting services falls under the concurrent legislative list.
“It is important, however, for State Governments to establish a robust fire service to complement what the Federal Fire Service is doing in their respective states. It is only when we have this complementary service that we can be rest assured that fire will not pose much threat to us in the preservation of lives and property.

“We must therefore not restrict fire service requirements or needs to state capitals or urban centres alone. Provisions should be made for Local Governments and rural areas, which have been victims of fire incidents and other emergencies as well. Farms and valuable economic trees have also been destroyed by fires in rural areas.

“I will urge the State Command to reciprocate the Federal Government’s gesture to optimize and effectively use these assets to improve fire cover, enhance emergency response operations and complement State Fire Services operations while enhancing fire safety across the country” the Minister advised the state governor.

Further in his remarks, the Minister urged the State to take advantage of the Fire Marshal and Warden Scheme of the Service in order to train volunteers for humanitarian services.
“It is on this note that I will encourage your Excellency to take advantage of the novel Fire Marshal and Warden scheme within FFS to train and equip volunteers within the state to join forces with the regular Corps”

Ogbeni Aregbesola reiterated the role of humans in fire fighting. “The people should also position themselves to be in the best place to secure their lives and make it easy for government to help them. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Everyone should be sensitive to and watchful of developments around them, especially matters that should be of security concern” the Minister said.

In his remarks, the Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Dr. Ibrahim Liman, prayed the State Governor to also extend a hand of support to the Federal Fire Service in the state, saying that deployment of the modern Fire Service Truck to the state was meant to assist the firefighting efforts in the state. He noted that the responsibility of firefighting is a joint effort between the Federal, State and Local Governments.

“The fire truck we are commissioning is a huge national asset, requiring optimum maintenance and fuelling. We craved the indulgence of the State Government to facilitate deployment of utility vehicles to support the operation of the vehicle.

“Sir, we want you to sponsor personnel of the State Fire Service for local and foreign training in view of emerging trends in firefighting and inclusion of the Federal Fire Service in the State Security Council” CG Ibrahim Liman stated.

Whilst commissioning the Firefighting Truck, the State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, stated that shortly after taking office as Executive Governor in 2015, he realised the need to overhaul the Fire Service system in the state in order to meet the service primary objectives of protecting lives and property in the event of a fire disaster, as well as rescuing and protecting people involved in traffic accident and emergencies.

“We overhauled the State Fire Service by carrying out regular officer training, ensuring efficiency, discipline, increased morale, and the safety of all firefighters across the State’s Fire Command. We make sure that the Service operational vehicles are adequately maintained and functional for speedy response to crises 24 hours a day, seven days week. Chemical foam, a vital component for fire suppression, is also constantly procured to promote a state-wide operation” the Governor Stated” the governor revealed.

Gov. Ishaku who commended the Minister, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for bringing much desired change to the Federal Fire Service and other Services under the Ministry of Interior, noted that things have indeed changed for good since his coming on board.

“I must not fail to appreciate the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for instituting the much desired changed in the Nigeria security services, especially for agencies under his watch.

“I recall his brilliance and eloquence during the National Executive Council meetings when he was governor in Osun state. President Muhammadu Buhari indeed made the right choice in your selection and the good fruit is there for all to see” the Governor stated.

At the event were: the State Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu; the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Joseph Kunini; the State Chief Judge, Justice Philibus Andhetur; members of the State Executive Council; Director, Joint Services Department, Ministry of Interior, Mr. Peter Egbodo; Heads of Security Agencies in the State and traditional and religious leaders in the state.

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Exploit Technology To Promote National Security, NSA Tasks Military, Others

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The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, has urged the armed forces of Nigeria and other security agencies to exploit more of cyber technology in their quest to safeguard national security.

Monguno, made the call at the Defence Space Administration (DSA) Cyber Security Awareness Day 2021 with the theme, “Developing Cyber Capabilities for the Enhancement of Armed Forces of Nigeria Operations and National Security” on Thursday, in Abuja.

The NSA was represented by the Director, Policy and Strategy, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Amb. Aminu Lawal.

He said that Nigeria, like several other countries across the globe was currently witnessing a surge in digital transformation with many new activities migrating to the Internet especially with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic.

NSA stated that Nigeria’s cyberspace had become a centre stage for new business innovations, governance and social interactions.

He said that the trend had created an opportunity for government to redefine its national objectives and address some of the major developmental challenges currently facing the country, including the emergence of new forms of criminality and terrorism perpetrated through the cyberspace.

According to him, the transformation is a vital priority for the armed forces and security agencies because of the enormous benefits they stand to derive from the cyberspace.

“It is pertinent to note that digital transformation in the armed forces is no longer about innovation but is considered as culture because of the exponential rates of accepting technology and its dynamism.

“The use of the cyberspace is increasingly impacting almost every aspect of our lives as a country and armed forces of the world exploit its benefits to transform their economies and operations.

“Also, the cyberspace is fast evolving, creating technologies, dismantling barriers to commerce, security and allowing seamless communication across borders for people to collaborate and share information,” he said.

Monguno said that cyberspace had been regarded as the fifth domain and newest theatre of warfare after land, sea, air and space, adding that conflicts in cyberwar were rarely military-on-military because of its borderless nature.

He, however, said there was need for the military through DSA in collaboration with ONSA to consolidate and redouble efforts for a more resilient infrastructure, enhanced capacity against cyberattacks and sustainable service delivery.

He commended DSA for organising the event to discuss ways to create opportunities from the nation’s cyber space for economic and operational planning.

Earlier, the Chief of Defence Space Administration (CDSA), Rear Adm. William Kayoda, said that DSA had entrenched the value of space to support the operations of the armed forces, especially on how space systems infrastructure would apply to national critical functions.

Kayoda said the Administration had continued to provide resilient cyber security solutions in the protection of Nigeria’s cyber space.

He said such were, especially, in the regulation, monitoring, vulnerabilities penetration assessment, testing and mitigation exercise to safeguard military and other security agencies’ websites and servers.

He added that DSA also followed the trends and ensure cybersecurity maturity model certification were sustained in the understanding of latest requirements.

According to him, the global re-occurring supply chain attacks that are very destructive, especially malware and ransomwares attacks, call for adherence to developing and sustaining basic cyber security hygiene.

“Thus, the issue of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFAs), passwords, decryption and other key management real world physical access control mitigation for supply chain security are very essential.

“In the Nigeria security perimeters, Multi-Factor Authentication, system control, hygiene culture, training, enforcement, segmentation, control of routine networks, physical access at all times, collaborations, end source investigation amongst others in line with global best practices must be our priority.

“This is very relevant as trust model for all devices has revealed the need for zero trust for machines due to vulnerabilities.

“Adherence to procedures, monitoring, reporting and policy compliance and enforcement devoid of complacency by cyber analyst, Network administration and other end users is important,” he said.

The CDSA disclosed that the cybersecurity awareness month was organised to increase sensitisation efforts on models to mitigate cyber threats and build national cyber resilience to shape cyber security standard, particularly information sharing and identifying critical solutions for implementation at all government levels.

In his goodwill message, the Ministry of Defence, retired Maj -Gen. Bashir Magashi, commended DSA on its unrelenting efforts towards creating a robust indigenous space competence capable of producing and utilising space assets to meet the operational requirements of the Nigerian armed forces.

Magashi said the awareness week was a critical step in addressing increasing cyberattacks on businesses and even the military.

He said that creating awareness of this menace was imperative especially with the drive for global connectivity, usage, recent launch of the e-naira by Mr. President and prevalence of more sophisticated cyber security attacks.

“No doubt, this exercise if sustained will go a long way in curbing new cyber threats and promote the proper use of the social media.

“On this note, I urge the participants to take full advantage of this Workshop and wish the DSA well in the pursuit of its mandate,” he said.

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Police Confirm Kidnap Of 8 Persons In Ekiti Community

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The Ekiti State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of eight people at Itapaji Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu confirmed the incident via a phone call by Crystal News correspondent on Wednesday (today).

According to reports, the abductors were said to have contacted the family early on Wednesday and demanded the sum of N50 million as ransom.

An eyewitness revealed that the gunmen had besieged a house located in the town around 9.30pm, shot sporadically into the air and made away with eight occupants of the building.

The gunshots that lasted for over one hour were said to have terrified the residents of the community.

The source said the owner of the building was preparing for his mother’s burial and the preparations were said to have been on top gear when the evil men struck.

“The men numbering seven came around 9.30pm with guns and surrounded the building. They fired gunshots sporadically.

Police Confirm Abduction Of Eight Person In Ekiti

“As the occupants of the house were coming out, they were grabbed and made to lie face down. They were later taken away into the bush. They were 14 initially, but six of them escaped into the bush”.

He added further: “Earlier today (Wednesday), one of the family members received a call from the abductors demanding for a ransom of N50m”, he said.

The source added that absence of police stations in Itapaji -Ayebode and Irele-Oke Ako axis was responsible for the increasing cases of kidnapping in the area, saying the nearest police station is in Ikole Ekiti, which was over 40 minutes drive to the troubled spots.

Speaking to newsmen, Sunday Abutu, said: “The command is working on the information already. Special police operatives as well as the JTF have been deployed the area to ensure they rescue the victims and for possible arrest of the culprits”.

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Arise Conference 2021: Govs’ Wives, Women Leaders, Others To Speak On Nation Building

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All is now set for the 2021 Arise Women Conference where prominent women leaders within the Country will converge for the most anticipated assemblage of powerful, influential female professionals.

The annual conference put together by its Convener, Arise Women, Dr. Siju Iluyomade, is marking its 13th anniversary and it will be witnessing a couple of these women leaders speaking to a large audience of different statuses, mostly virtual due to the covid-19 protocols on the involvement of women in nation-building and empowerment

Crystal News reports that the 2021 Arise Conference edition which will hold at the Recreation Complex of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, City of David, Lagos on Saturday 30th October 2021 is tagged #REVIVE and is poised to attract millions of viewers, as the event will be televised Live on Channels TV and will also be streamed live on all social media platforms of Arise Women.

Arise Conference 2021: Govs’ Wives, Women Leaders, Others To Speak On Nation Building

According to information made available to Crystal News by the organizers led by Dr. Siju, not less than Six Wives of different State Governors will be participating in Arise Conference this year, Some of them include, Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi of Ekiti State, Engr. Olunfunke Makinde of Oyo-State, Barr. Chioma Uzodinnma of Imo State and Dr. Zainab, Bagudu, Kebbi State.

Others expected include the wife of Deputy Governor of Lagos, Mrs Oluremi Hamzat, Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire among others.

The Arise Conference venue has also been given go-ahead for the Covid-19 vaccination by the Lagos State Government due to its contribution to the health sector in the State over the years. This will give the opportunity to many people who are yet to be vaccinated against the deadly virus to do so.

Arise Women has played a major role in contributing to the empowerment of the less privileged in Nigeria building Schools, Hospitals, Boreholes Constructions for Communities, Ambulances for hospitals, Skills Acquisition programs and so many other interventions to support the government

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