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Bill to amend Fire Service Act, provide building safety measures scales 2nd reading

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By Gloria Ikibah

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The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a Bill for an act to amend the provisions of the Fire Service Act, CAP. F29, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and make provisions for the establishment of building safety measures, regulations and penalty for default on Wednesday at plenary.

The amendment seeks to put in place a legal framework for the establishment of requisite prevention mechanisms and global best practices and safety world standards of measures, regulations, and penalty for default

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In his lead debate, Rep. Unyime Idem, from Akwa Ibom State further added that the Bill will among other things put in place a legal framework for the establishment of requisite prevention mechanisms.
Naijablitznews.com reports that fire outbreaks in Nigeria have risen to a worldwide attention in recent years causing great loss to both the environmental and economic lives and Nigerian government and people have continued to record high loses as a result of fire disasters and outbreak and critical sectors of the nation’s economy and infrastructure are consumed by fire leaving in their trail huge economic loses to individuals and the nation at large.
Private homes, public buildings, markets, warehouses, sawmills, fuel tankers, educational establishments, shops, clubs, hotels, and restaurants are all victims of unpreparedness in management and fighting fire incidences.

Naijablitznews.com recalled that the bill was read for the first time on the 10th day of May 2021.

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Rep. Idem maintained that the enactment of the bill into law will definitely have no direct cost implication on the Public Fund and will produce general benefit for the Country as revenue will be generated from commercial buildings seeking fire service approval and penalty from the defaulters.

This bill has an amendment of about 6 sections, which are vital and significant to the management and prevention of fire disaster in the country:

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In order for the innovation to be effective, Section 2 of the Principal Act is amended by adding the word “management”.

Section 5 of the Principal Act is amended by the introduction of fresh paragraph to read; “give approval for building after thorough perusal of the submitted building plan and compliance with provision of necessary fire services prevention and management kits and supervision protocols.”

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Section 24 of the Principal Act is amended by inserting fresh sub-section to read: “Subsequent upon submission for an approval for a building compliance with the fire service protocol, the officials of the Fire service shall charge a particular fee to the intended developer and such funds shall be remitted to the coffers of the Government of the Federation.

Section 28 of the Principal Act is hereby amended by addition of fresh paragraph to read thus: “Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any of the provisions of this Act, or with any regulation or requirement made thereunder, for which no other penalty is specifically provided shall be guilty of an offence and on summary conviction thereof shall be liable to a fine not exceeding forty naira or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two months or to both such fine and imprisonment”.

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Section 28 of the Principal Act is hereby and further amended by inserting to read thus: “Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with the provisions of Section 5 (e) of this Bill, or with any regulation or requirement made thereunder shall be guilty of an offence and on summary conviction thereof shall be liable to a fine not exceeding One Million Naira or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five months or to both such fine and imprisonment”.

According to the lawmaker, all amendments are imputed to strengthen the administration, organization, and management of fire prevention mechanisms and protocols within the country in line with best practices and global standards.

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He said: “Mr. Speaker, Distinguished Colleagues, Government establishments are not left out, recently, fire incident has been recorded from headquarters of the Federal Inland Revenue Service in Abuja, Accountant General office in Abuja and many government parastatals and establishments.
“Statistics released indicates that property valued Hundreds of billions of Naira were lost to the fire incidents in few years, hundreds of lives lost, and the number of razed buildings and property by fire are incalculable The cost and pain of the of fire incidents is generally unbearable as it leads to pains and death of victims, thousands displaced, money and materials, and damages to equipment and structures generally depicted the socio- economic loss which is quite alarming,
“Fire prevention and preparedness are more than just firefighting and hazard reduction. It involves a risk planning process, which includes identifying assets within a community at risk, assessing those risks, and developing specific strategies to deal with those risks. Despite the fact that nothing could be sustainably done to completely stop the occurrence of fire disaster, something can be done to mitigate the spread”.

Rep. Idem further said that the enactment of the bill into law will definitely have no direct cost implication on the Public Fund and will produce general benefit for the Country as revenue will be generated from commercial buildings seeking fire service approval and penalty from the defaulters and job opportunity created for building examiners.

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The Bill was referred to the committee on appropriate for further legislative Action.s

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Speaker Tunis Pledges Support For ECOFEPA

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By Gloria Ikibah

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Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Dr. Sidie Mohammed Tunis, has pledged his unflinching support for the ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association Network ECOFEPA in its attempts to increase participation for self-development in politics and entrepreneurship.

Speaker Tunis who stated this at the formal opening of ECOFEPA Women and Youth Leadership symposium, on the sidelines of the Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Guinea Bissau, with the theme: Unleashing the potentials of Women and Youth in Politics and Entrepreneurship; asserted that the meeting epitomizes the action stage for women’s involvement in decision-making bodies.

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He also commended ECOFEPA for always beaming their search light on issues that affect women and youth in the ECOWAS Sub-region and for firmly reinforcing the need to mentor the next generation of decision makers to bridge existing gaps and bestow sound political and decision-making legacies to them, reaffirming that until they as Members of Parliament replicate ourselves in the younger generation in multiple dimensions to deliver a democratic system that is anchored on good governance and societal growth and development, they cannot credit themselves for success.

Dr. Tunis acknowledged that the event amplifies ECOFEPA’s deliberate resolve to consistently pursue the dreams of its founding Members and recommend for members of Parliament to track generational transfer of knowledge, skills and all it takes to tackle the challenges of the future ahead.

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In her address, the 2nd Vice President of ECOFEPA, Madam Gabriella Fernandes, commended the ECOWAS Commission for its outstanding support in enhancing the activities of the association to achieve its goals for women’s integration and empowerment in politics.

She said that the resources mobilized by the ECOWAS Commission will allow the association to host its upcoming symposium in Togo March 2023.

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Hon. Fernandes reiterated that the symposium will spark the beginning of efforts to launch their projects and synchronize activities in the areas of leadership and entrepreneurship, which have the propensity to boomerang and catapult women’s advancement into decision-making in the ECOWAS region.

Earlier, the Youth Representative for the West Africa Youth Assembly, Mamadu Djalo, said everyone is aware of the social pressure and barriers that women and youth face daily, in trying to climb up to the political power, and employed men in Africa who control the political powers, to ensure that such power is balanced.

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According to Djalo, Women and youth are very isolated for too long, and that there is need for the men to work together with both youth and Women to fill the sense of belonging, as the deliberation cannot be realistic without the participation of the youth and women.

She therefore called for the creation of a youth parliament in order to give them a voice.

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Again, one injured as container crushes bus in Oshodi

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By Francesca Iwambe

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A 20-ft container crushed a commercial bus in the Oshodi area of Lagos State on Wednesday afternoon, injuring a commercial bus driver.

It was gathered that this is the latest container-related accident experienced in the state in the space of three days.

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Eye witnessed confirmed that Wednesday’s accident at Oshodi was caused by a brake failure.

While the passengers in the bus were said to have escaped without an injury, the same could not be said of the bus driver whose degree of injury could not be ascertained as of press time.

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Eight people were crushed to death by a 20-ft container that fell off a truck in the Ojuelegba area of Lagos on Sunday.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the Ojuelegba tragedy, a 40-ft container fell off another truck in the Dopemu area of the state on Monday, causing traffic on the road.

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Breaking: Chairman, MiddleBelt Forum Commodore Dan Suleiman is dead

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Chairman MiddleBelt Forum, Commodore Dan Suleiman is dead.

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A source close to his family revealed to Naijablitznews.com that the Commodore suddenly fainted in his house and passed on.

Details shortly…

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