By: Prudence Okonna & Salamatu Aminu
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello, has reaffirmed the commitment of the Administration to build the capacity of staff including Fire Officers and Men in the services of the Administration.
Accordingly, this is aimed at improving service delivery within the system and to the residents of the Territory.
The Minister disclosed this at the Pull out Parade of the Controller, FCT Fire Service (FFS), Engr. Sani Saidu this Friday, at the FFS Headquarters, Villa Gate, Asokoro District, Abuja.
The Minister, who was represented by the Director Human Resource Management (HRM), Muhammad Bashir said Administration is sparing no effort in building the capacity of its staff to make Abuja a first class capital city.
The Director, who also represented the FCT Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, applauded the Controller for the efforts made during his service year to see that Fire Men improve in their skills.
The Minister tasked the new Controller to fill the shoe left behind by his predecessors; adding that success on the job can only be achieved through cooperation.
Also speaking, the Director FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Idriss Abbas, while congratulating the outgoing Controller, noted that no person can manage disaster alone; adding that to successfully manage every disaster, all hands must be on deck through synergy.
He urged the incoming controller to carry everyone along, especially other agencies saddled with managing emergencies in the FCT.
In his Valedictory speech, the outgoing Controller, FCT Fire Service (FFS), Engr. Sani Saidu expressed gratitude for the experience gained and feat achieved while contributing his quota to the FCT Fire Service.
He explained that the journey was not without its peculiar challenges and pleaded to the Administration’s leadership to look into addressing the issues of man power shortage within the service as well as the purchase of updated fire equipment, which would help the Firemen deliver optimal service to FCT residents.
His words: “My greatest achievement is to see my staff working together in good spirit and as a family. Every other thing comes next. I was also able to impact knowledge on my staff through professional trainings both within the country and internationally.”
The Engineer, who has served for 21 years, also advised the incoming Controller to continue from where he stopped especially in work force development so that firemen will be professionally equipped for service delivery in the FCT.
“Fire Service is a continuous Training, I urge you not to relent in your efforts or relax,” Saidu emphasized.
In his acceptance speech, the Acting Director, Engr. Zaccheus Adebayo promised to contribute his quota to the growth of the service by advancing safety in FCT and its environs.
The highlight of the Ceremony was the colourful parade of men of the FCT Fire Service and presentation of the fire flags in honour of Engineer Saidu.