Makinde Donates Operational Vehicles to Oyo State Fire Service Agency

The Oyo State Government has donated four operational vehicles to the Oyo State Fire Service Agency to aid the fight against fire disaster in the state.

The Special Adviser to Governor Makinde on Security, Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni (rtd) who presented the vehicles to the management of the agency at the Government House, Agodi on Thursday, said that the gesture was to show the commitment and the importance the Governor accords issues of safety and security in the state.

“This is another demonstration of walking the talk by Governor Seyi Makinde in furtherance of his resolve and the priority that His Excellency has accorded the issues of safety and security in Oyo State. In addition to all other elements, essential tools that His Excellency has been investing into procure for the security and law enforcement agencies and of course the fire services in Oyo State in addition to the water vehicles that have been acquired and given to the agency for the efficient discharge of their duties and responsibilities.

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“His Excellency is once again today upgrading and equipping facilities, the infrastructural deficits of the Oyo State Fire Services Agency and that’s why we are here this morning to on behalf of the Governor conducting the ceremony of handing over four utility vehicles to the agency in order to give them the wherewithal to be able to discharge their responsibilities efficiently.

“If you followed the manifestos and the commitment of the Governor, he has put security as one of the four cardinal points of his administration and when you talk of security, it also goes along with safety. We have seen the investment made with regards to security and since safety is also an integral part of security, that’s what is being demonstrated here today. He has noticed the wide gap in the agency, that’s why he has taken the bull by the horns first by making the agency autonomous from what it used to be as a department in the Ministry of Works and Transport.”

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The Director, Admin and Supply of the state Fire Agency, Adekunle Abiodun Oni, in his remarks, appreciated Governor Makinde for exemplifying his commitment to the agency since he took over the mantle of leadership in the state.

Abiodun noted that upon his assumption of office, the Governor had set up a committee to upgrade the fire services to an agency and that has become a reality.

“The governor has approved and procured five trucks for the state which has been distributed to Oyo, Iseyin, Molete, Eruwa fire station and one at the state headquarters. The Governor has begun the process to procure five new fire trucks. When they are delivered, they will be distributed to all the administrative stations in the state.

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“The Governor has also approved the procurement of 550 units of personal protective clothing for our officers, this has not happened in recent times, apart from that the Governor has also approved the allowances of the men and officers of the agency be upgraded, hazard allowance, shift allowance, duty allowance and uniform allowance which we have not benefited since the creation of the fire service since 1951.”

The event was attended by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa.


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