Nigeria recorded 2,056 fire incidents in 2022 with over N1 trillion worth of properties incurred through the incidents, OduNews reports.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, made this known during a fire prevention and management sensitisation seminar held at the Headquarters 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna on Thursday.
The GOC, represented by Brig.-Gen. Ogochukwu Ugeleka, said available data indicated that domestic fire accounted for over 41 per cent of the total number of fire incidents in neighbouring Ghana.
He explained that the seminar was part of the yearly calendar of the Army to engage barracks communities on fire prevention.
According to him, there have been increasing cases of fire due to population growth, unstable electricity, negligence and illegal electrical connections, among others.
Lagbaja said the Nigerian Army was not left out of fire incidents that had damaged its property and endangered the lives of the personnel and their families in barracks and cantonments.
The GOC further said that fire incidents had also led to the loss of critical operational assets, thereby affecting the morale of troops and their operational efficiency.
“On January 24, 2021, the Depot Nigerian Army in Zaria was engulfed in fire destroying 15 blocks.
“Several officers and soldiers’ accommodations as well as critical military assets within barracks, cantonments and military facilities in the Division’s Area of Responsibility were destroyed by fire in recent times,” he added.
He, therefore, said it was imperative to sustain sensitisation on fire prevention and management in all military barracks.
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