The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Interior, Andy Uba, has called on the Federal government to reposition fire service delivery.
Uba also stated that Nigeria had lost over N6 trillion worth of goods to fire disasters in the past five years.
Uba made the disclosure at the International Fire Conference and Exhibition, organised by the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Interior, held on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, nationally, direct and indirect reported and unreported losses to the economy have been put conservatively at about N6 trillion.
“Alarming as these numbers are, they could be significantly higher if all the fire incidents in rural areas were recorded by an efficient operational fire statistics database.
“There is a general consensus on the need to mitigate this trend to stopping the fire before they start,” he said.
Uba, who noted that less than two percent of Nigeria’s population was fire safety literate, called for media partnership on creating awareness on the issue.