In an effort to provide employment for the people, the Katsina state government has commenced training of 272 out of the 714 who were recruited to minimise fire disasters in the state.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Sani Hamisu Makana, who disclosed this, said that the personnel were drawn from 34 local government areas.
He said government had procured 34 fire vehicles and other fire-fighting equipment to deal with outbreak of fire.
Makana further said that two drivers from each local government council were selected to undergo training on fire-fighting vehicles recently purchased by government.
According to him, 21 persons will be employed from each local government area for training, and that presently eight persons have been recruited from each of the 34 local government areas in the first phase.
He said another batch of seven would be recruited in the second phase, and six others would be selected from each local government in the third phase.
“We are confident that with measures put in place, we will be able to control cases of fire outbreak that consume lives and properties,” he said.
Makana called on the fire-fighting officers to reciprocate the gesture and be dedicated to their duty.
He also directed local government chairmen to provide the necessary assistance to officers of fire stations in their respective areas.
Makana had earlier paid a similar visit to the venue of the ongoing training of drivers at the KTARDA headquarters on earth-moving trucks purchased by the state government recently.
He said the earth-moving trucks, which included tippers, caterpillars, among others, were purchased to be used for execution of projects at local government councils.
Speaking, chairman, transition committee of Bindawa local government area, Alhaji Sani Doro, commended the state government for the measures taken to minimise cases of fire outbreak as well as providing equipment to local government councils to execute projects through direct labour.
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