|Parliament Express Worry Over Recent Fire Out Break In The Country|
|Saturday, 30 January 2010 08:20|
Members of Parliament have bemoan the recent fire outbreak that has hit market places, industrial establishments, homes and offices which have resulted in fatal deaths and loss of properties running into billions of cedis.
This observation came to light, in a statement made on the floor of the parliament by the Member of Parliament for Ashaiman Hon Alfred Agbesi on the recent fire out break at the Tema Oil Refinery Gantry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He intoned that as a matter of urgency, the nation should institute pragmatic response strategies to deal with fire
disasters in the country.
Mr Agbesi stated that the rate of fire outbreaks throughout the country calls for vigorous attention to adequately equip the GNFS to be able to perform their mandate. He also called on government to build the human resource capacity of fire officers and provide them with the needed logistics.
The MP expressed his condolence to the bereaved families of those who lost their life during the fire outbreak at Tema Oil Refinery.
Contributing to the Statement, the Member of Parliament for Akropong Mr William Ofori Boafo described the recent fire out breaks as unfortunate and called for relevant agencies to be resourced to be able to prevent fire disasters in the country. He urged the GNFS to liaise up with other government bodies to educate the public on fire prevention.
Mr Boafo called on government to strengthen the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) to be able to provide the needed services during disasters . He called on the GNFS to develop fire prevention strategies to curb fire out breaks in the future.
In his remarks, the Member of Parliament for Atwima-Mponua Mr Isaac Asiamah raised concerning about safety measures in public buildings and called on the security agencies to enforce the laws to halt disasters during fire out breaks. He reiterated the need for culture of maintenance, especially on electrical installations in the country.
The Member of Parliament for Shai Osudoku Mr David Assumeng called on the government to regulate the law on importation of electrical materials, since such materials are inferior and can easily cause fire disasters. He asked the GNFS to train anti bush fire volunteers to be able to educate the public on the prevention of bush fire especially during the dry season.
Source: Gilbert Ankrah and Richie Osei (ISD)