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The Executive Vice-Chairman of the Industrial and General Insurance Plc, Mr. Remi Olowude, has urged security personnel in the country to undergo training on fire fighting so as to be adequately equipped to combat fire incidents anytime they occur.

He gave the advice while receiving members of the Fire Protection Association of Nigeria and representatives of the Lagos State Fire and Safety Service, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Lagos on Tuesday.

Olowude decried the increasing rate of fire incidents in Nigeria, noting that the inadequacy of modern fire-fighting equipment and fire stations had made it imperative to give the precarious situation urgent attention to minimise the annual loss of human and material resources.

He said, 'With required training and an enthusiastic nation, we can expeditiously and qualitatively achieve our objective of ensuring that knowledge of fire safety is shared in a manner that raises the level of safety consciousness in Nigeria.'

Olowude, who was recently inducted as the new President of FPAN, promised to collaborate with the fire service community to ensure that the public became aware of the perils of fire, among several other disasters that confronted the society.

'I particularly endorse the call on increased funding of fire fighting outfits in the country as well as the need to accelerate the passage of the Bill on Fire Service Act 2003,' he stated.

Chairman of FPAN, Mr. Dominic Aigbogun, who led the visiting team, also noted that the association's projection was to promote FPAN in industries and ensure its certification on fire safety.