Miliki Questions, Condemns Kogi Assembly Fire Incident.
* Blasts state over epileptic fire tenders.
The Executive Director, Conscience for Human rights and Conflicts Resolution CHRCR, Comrade , Idris Miliki Abdul has lamented at the recent fire incident at the State House of Assembly that gutted the Main building in the premises.
The Director said , the ugly incidence was not only condemnable but gestionable as the State Assembly, a very important arm of Government lacked fire fighting equipment.
Comrade Miliki in a press Release made available to Treasuretimes on Tuesday urged Security Agencies to launch investigation to unravel the circumstances behind the fire that destroyed major parts of the Chamber and the gallery.
He also charged the leadership of the Assembly to institute their own probe to fish out the perpetrators.
” We sympathize with the Honourable Members and their staff for the lost that they might have experienced in the cause of the fire incident.
“It is worrisome that such magnitude of fire disaster could occur without intervention from Fire Service of the State, which is an indictment on the assembly, who are saddled with making Laws through appropriations that would have assisted such Fire Agencies.
” Investigation reveal that the Fire Service in the State could not boost of Modern equipment that would have assisted in that situation.
According to him” Is there anything wrong, if the assembly itself should have purchased its own Fire Service equipment that should be stationed in the Assembly premises? It is regrettable that the 21 local government Counci in the State could not boost of one Fire Service Vehicle.
” Legislature such as State Assembly are created by the constitutions of Federal Republic of Nigeria as Amended to make laws for the good and welfare of the People. Even if such Laws and pronouncement through Motions are not favourable to the citizens, what we witnessed in the State Assembly through this Fire disaster is worrisome and condemnable.
“We call on the Assembly to use this unfortunate development to make Laws through appropriation, resolutions and oversight functions to the Fire Service Agency to see the state of affairs in that all important institution, in order to assist the Fire service in Kogi State and other Disaster Management Agencies in the State.
” If the state has had modern and enough fire equipment and even one stationed at the Assembly, the level of damage could have been minimal.
“As we move to another budget year of 2023, we call on both the Executives and Legislators to equip disaster management Agencies such as Fire Service and SEMA to reduce unnecessary calamities that we have been witnessing in Kogi State in recent time.
He however call on the State Assembly to look inward as such fire disaster could not have manifested without internal collaborators.