The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service says it has saved property worth over NN3.96 billion, while responding to 1,844 fires, within the last three years.
Mr Opetunsin Julius, the Assistant Controller-General of the FCT Fire Service, said this on Abuja on Friday, while delivering a valedictory lecture.
In the lecture titled “The Impact of Disaster on the Infrastructural Development of FCT: The Role of FCT Fire Service and My Testimony”, Julius said that the service also responded to 136 rescue calls within the period.
He said that the impact of fire disasters on the infrastructure, in terms of loss of lives, property, business activities and environment, had always been colossal.
“The National Fire Statistics, 2020, indicates that about N2.76 billion was lost this year to fire outbreaks in the country.
“Notable fire outbreaks affecting critical infrastructure in Nigeria in recent times include Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Office, Auditor-General Office, ECOWAS Secretariat, the DSS Headquarters and Kugbo Furniture Market, just to mention a few.”
Julius, however, said that with the timely intervention of the FCT Fire Service and other relevant stakeholders, the fires, which could have caused monumental economic losses, were brought under control.