Gamboru market fire: Zulum doles out 100k, bag of rice each to 149 firefighters

Governor Zulum during visit to the firefighters

Gov. Babagana Zulum gives N100, 000 each to 149 firefighters who responded to fire incident at Gamboru Market in Maiduguri, Borno State.

By Hamza Suleiman

Governor Babagana Zulum has announced monetary gift of N100, 000 each for 60 firemen working with Borno Government, 49 working with the Federal Fire Service, as well as 38 volunteer fire fighters in appreciation of their prompt response to last Saturday’s fire incident at Gamboru Market in Maiduguri, in the state capital.

Zulum announced the cash reward totaling N14.9 million for the 149 firefighters during a thank you visit to their office in Maiduguri on Sunday.

He said the visit and the monetary gift were in appreciation of their swift response to the fire outbreak.

Zulum also ordered that the firefighters should be given a bag of rice each, while the volunteers should be given permanent employment.

He noted that with their swift response, the firemen prevented the destruction by the fire outbreak at Gamboru market from escalating to the magnitude witnessed two weeks ago at the Maiduguri Monday market.

Zulum told the firemen that he was impressed with their gallantry and for that he approved the release of N14.9 million as grants to about 149 firemen operating under both the federal and state fire services.

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“I am here purposely to convey my deep appreciation to all of you for the great work you have been doing. Yesterday (Saturday) we had another fire disaster at Gamboru market and I was informed of your efforts towards quenching the fire.

“This goes to show how committed you are and we want to once again extend our appreciation to you,” Zulum said.

The governor directed the employment of 38 volunteer firemen into the state Fire Service as permanent staff.

The volunteers, 20 of them with the Maiduguri International Hotel and 18 with the state fire service, were offering support services without receiving salaries which permanent staff are entitled to.

The governor also directed the management of the state fire service to immediately submit all their requirements that would ensure the optimal performance of firemen in prevention and responses to fire incidents to his office for approval.

Zulum extended similar gesture to the Federal Fire Service, asking them to submit requirements in order to get some intervention from the state government. (NAN)


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