It will never cease to amaze me.

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The baffling side of the story was that the office of the state fire service was just less than fifty meters (50 Meters) away from the scene of the fire accident.

Submitted: May 27, 2008

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It will never cease to amaze me.

On a beautiful Saturday morning, I was walking down a street uptown in my home town in Benin City, Edo State, when I came across a burning building. The people in the vicinity made frantic efforts to put out the fire but their efforts were fruitless. When they called on the State Fire Service Department for immediate help, the State Fire Service arrived at the scene eight hours later after the fire had totally ravaged everything!

The baffling side of the story was that the office of the state fire service was just less than fifty meters (50 Meters) away from the scene of the fire accident.

A couple of months ago, a residential building close to where I live, was engulfed with flames and the State Fire Service was called upon only for them to come when the flames had exhausted its fury and done all the damage it could possibly do.

A renowned market was burnt down totally sometime ago but yet nothing could be done to minimize the extent of the damage by the usual late arrival of the State Fire Service.

It is no surprise because, sometime ago too, a public building caught fire and the State Fire Service building was just adjacent to this burning building and yet nothing could be done to save the situation.

Meanwhile when one visits the department of the State Fire Service, one could see on display several fire fighting vehicles, trucks and machines on parade around their department, all beautifully painted and from every indication must have cost successive Governors of the State massive budgetary allocations but yet “good for nothing” and worthless!.

The other time I overhead a crowd of people saying that “each time there was fire incident the State Fire Corporation would always complain of either lack of water in their tanks or lack of fuel in their vehicles” and yet nobody has ever been brought to book for this indiscipline and appalling situations.


This is the more reason why it will never cease to amaze me!


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