Fire Service to train Great Green Wall staff on forest safety

By Cornelius Essen, Abuja   |   17 July 2017   |   3:38 am  

The Director General of the agency, Mr. Goni Ahmed stated this at the training programme, said there is need for collaboration with the Federal Fire Service to equip its forest personnel as this is vital to development of green economy in the country.

Towards ensuring forest safety of green wall programmes, the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) has partnered with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service on natural resources conservation.

The Director General of the agency, Mr. Goni Ahmed stated this at the training programme, said there is need for collaboration with the Federal Fire Service to equip its forest personnel as this is vital to development of green economy in the country.

He also said safety of green wall programmes is important, because it is one of the major components of the agency’s strategies in Nigeria, especially, shelterbelt stretching from Kebbi state to Borno state, a distance of 1,500 kilometres and 15 kilometres.


“The National Fire Service will train Agency’s forest personnel in the near future especially in the area of forest fire detection and control for the protection of the GGW plantation in the 11 frontline states where the programme is implemented,” he explained.

In a presentation, Chief Superintendent of Fire, Mr. Timveh Jerry, said the main objective of training would be to sensitize on how to handle and prevent fire outbreak; encourage participants to spread the knowledge across to others as well as periodically service the fire extinguishers amongst others.

His topics included, causes of fire, distinguishing media, fixed installations, mitigation strategies and safety tips which he took time to enumerate. He said it is mandatory for government organizations to have such trainings to avert and handle fire disasters.



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