Nigeria has lost N 6trillion worth of goods to fire incidents since 2012- Senate

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Interior, Sen. Andy Uba, says Nigeria has lost over N 6 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.


The following reasons are responsible for losses of goods to fire outbreaks:


Safety standards/guidelines:

There ought to be a general awareness on the need to stop fire outbreak before the onslaught of the inferno.

Repositioning of fire service:

Federal Government should reposition fire service delivery to make it modern and efficient.


Less than 2percent of Nigerians are fire literate:

Media partners:

Media partners should be called upon on creating awareness on fire issues.

Lack of fire service equipment:


The effort by the National Assembly in the 2016 budget to procure five fire equipment is encouraging. This did not happen in the last 30 years or more.



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