By Fred Percy
General of the Nigeria Federal Fire Service, Alhaji (Dr) Liman Ibrahim has been
presented with a Certificate of Commendation by the leadership of the Global
Advocacy for African Affairs, Africa’s leading development advocacy
organization with international office in London, United Kingdom.
the certificate on behalf of the board of the organization, on Thursday September
10, the Executive Director, Chrys Anyanwu recalled the efforts and commitment
of the organization especially in the areas of governance, political leadership, Afri-development and
policies as well as gender equality in Africa through consistent advocacy,
engagements and using the instrumentality of their various sector base
conferences and dialogue within Africa and major cities of the world. He
further identified leadership especially in the public service as one area that
requires close attention particularly considering its posturing as the policy
execution arm of the government, the reason while the organisation has decided
to focus more and redirect their spotlights on heads of ministries, department
and agencies of governments in Africa.
He further highlighted the achievements of the Fire Service
boss in just a little over one year of his appointment by President Muhammadu
Buhari to include;
1. Expansion of Fire Service Zonal
Commands from (6) six to (12) twelve.
2. Procurement and commissioning of
16 modern fire trucks which have been deployed to the newly created zones
3. Renovation of the Nyanya Fire
Station in Abuja.
4. Training of 2200 new Fire Officers
5. Establishment of 5 Federal Fire
Service training schools, located in Maiduguri, Calabar, Ilorin, Katsina
6. Training of 40 personnel in
different areas of Disaster Management in UK, USA, South Africa and Dubai.
7. Training of 350 staff at
FALCK Atlantic Training Centre Ipara, Ogun State and the National Fire Academy
Sheda on sophisticated fire fighting, building collapse,
incident command system, flood disaster management, as well as other
Professional trainings in ICT , Public relations etc
8. Professional support to the
State Governments in improving their State Fire Services.
9. Successful Organization of the
annual National Fire Conference in August 2019, in Ilorin, Kwara with all
stakeholders in attendance.
10. Expansion of the National Fire
Data Repository Centre (NFDRC) to 8 locations across the country.
11. Provision of 35 units of e-Comm
Radios NFDRC integrated across 13 States.
12. Promotion of staff as at when
without delay and general improvement of staff welfare.
The certificate of commendation is in recognition of what the
organization refers to as “Sterling Leadership and Exceptional Commitment to
the Capacity Development of Officers and Men of the Service.”
In his reaction, the Fire Service boss who
could not hide his joy appreciated the organization for finding him worthy and
also maintained that the commendation for him is another call to more work and as
well reinstate his commitment to ensuring a more effective and motivated
Federal Fire Service.