Fire ser­vice CG de­nies mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing N4bn

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By May­tieno Udoh

The Con­troller-Gen­eral. Fed­eral Fire Ser­vice (FFS), Mr. Joseph Garba Anebi, has de­bunked an alleged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of N4bn equip­ment fund.

He said yes­ter­day in a state­ment through the spokesman of the ser­vice, Mr. Collins Elechi, that under his lead­er­ship, the fire ser­vice had cur­tailed fire out­breaks across the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the au­thor of the story cred­ited to Al­jazeera on­line was hired to black­mail and tar­nish the in­tegrity of the Con­troller-Gen­eral who, since as­sump­tion of of­fice, had been trans­par­ent in his deal­ings.

It said it was also ma­li­cious for any­one to claim that the CG had pro­moted only his “rel­a­tives and cronies” since he took charge.

The state­ment said the re­cent pro­mo­tion in the ser­vice was carried out in good faith with­out fear or favour, “so the is­sue of the CG pro­mot­ing his rel­a­tives and his al­lies sounds funny and it is only aimed at tar­nish­ing his good rep­u­ta­tion. It is im­por­tant to stress here that the CG runs an open-door pol­icy where the me­dia can ver­ify is­sues em­a­nat­ing from ru­mours.”

It said there was no pro­posal in the 2015 bud­get for the pro­cure­ment of fire-fight­ing equip­ment, adding that the new­est equip­ment was pro­cured 28 years ago.

It dis­closed that the ser­vice had how­ever be­gun the process of procur­ing 55 fire en­gines worth N5.5bn for ef­fec­tive op­er­a­tions even as it had pri­ori­tised the wel­fare of its per­son­nel to en­hance their com­mit­ment to duty.

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