Harmattan: Rising fire incidents in Kaduna now alarming, says NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency, North-West zone, says the rise in fire incidents at the early stage of harmattan season in Kaduna State is alarming.

NEMA Zonal coordinator, Imam Garki, who made this known during a courtesy visit to the Federal Fire Service on Friday in Kaduna, expressed concern over the development.

According to him, the visit is necessary to strengthen the relationship between the agencies due to the rise in fire incidents during harmattan across the state.

He lamented that the record of fire incidents at the early stage of the harmattan season was disturbing; hence, the need for more sensitisation and improved coordination.

Represented by Head of Information Unit, Halima Sulaiman, Garki said the visit was part of the agency’s proactive measures to mitigate rather than respond to emergencies.

On his part, State Controller Zone B, Federal Fire Service Kaduna, Usman Sadiq, pledged maximum support and improvement on the existing working relationship.

He said that efforts were being made to engage relevant stakeholders during the “Fire Week” to enlighten the public about the Federal Fire Service mandate.

Sadiq added that efforts were ongoing to create a centre for data base for information sharing among critical stakeholders in emergency.


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