In a swift response to concerns raised by members of the public in Zamfara on combating fire and other disasters at the local government levels, Governor Bello Matawalle today launched the recently procured 28 fully equipped fire fighting vehicles and handed them over to the 14 local government chairmen of the state where each local government received two of the vehicles through the Executive Council Chairmen.
Matawalle who particularly noted that special care has to be taken by all communities especially at the rural areas against fire outbreaks as the harmattan season sets in, said the state government on its part procured the vehicles in preparedness against any disaster to protect people’s lives and properties and to bring such emergency readiness closer to the people for quick response as well as additionally give the people a feeling of their government.
The 28 fire fighting vehicles were purchased at the cost of N756 million as the governor directed the State Fire Brigade, the managers of the facilities to take good care of the equipment as well as respond quickly to all distress calls made to them.
Similarly, in order to cushion the suffering of displaced Fulani and build trust and confidence in them from their respective settlements at various locations in all the 14 local government areas, the state government procured 14,000 bags of animal feeds at the cost of 49 million naira and first aid drugs at the cost of N196 million to be distributed to the displaced Fulanis,
The distribution of the first aid drugs is aimed at taking care of the urgent medication needed by the displaced Fulani people, while the animal feeds are to complement the grazing pasture of the animals and discourage Fulani from rampant migration.
The governor then commended the concerted efforts put in place by the 14 Local Government Councils’ Chairmen, towards realizing these laudable objectives and called on them to sustain the tempo for more gestures that will improve the lives of the people of the state.
The distribution ceremony was attended by the State Deputy Governor, Barr Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, Secretary to Zamfara State Government, Alhaji Bala Bello Maru, Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, Chief of Staff Government House, Col Bala Mande rtd, Emirs of Gusau and Maru, Heads of Security agencies and Permanent Secretaries as well as the 14 local government Chairmen among others.