Fire disaster:  Improve your performance, Imo Assembly tells state Fire Service

Imo House of Assembly has urged Gov. Hope Uzodimma to direct Chief Fire Commandant of Fire in state to step up agency’s services.

assembly also urged Uzodimma to direct Commissioners for Agriculture and Environment to be proactive in addressing incessant fire disasters in state.

The News Agency of Nigeria () reports assembly made the resolution, a motion sponsored by Arthur Egwim (, Ideato North), its plenary on .

According to Egwim, the state has been experiencing dry , occasioning incessant fire disasters, thus affecting buildings, agricultural lands and establishments, including forest reserves.

He also observed havoc done to the state economy by fire disaster had become a big to people’s means of livelihood.

The lawmaker said that if not addressed, the situation spell disaster for the individual and corporate existence of the state.

He also said it was worrisome that some people maliciously set bushes on fire, culminating in the destruction of private buildings, farmlands and plantations.

The lawmaker expressed the regret that many of the culprits had gone scot free, even though there were established MDAs charged with controlling such disasters.

He, therefore, called for the of offenders, in accordance with the provisions of extant laws, to serve as deterrent to others.

The legislator also called for the invitation of the chief fire commandant and the commissioners for agriculture and environment before the house executive session to explain their inability to control fire outbreaks in the state.

The Speaker, Mr Paul Emeziem (, Onuimo), in his remarks, granted the of the motion, votes in its favour by the lawmakers. ()