Delta state commissioner for special duties, Ernest Ogwezzy, on Monday, said that the Delta state government has saved property of Deltans worth N8.3trillion that were affected by fire outbreak from May 2015 to May 2018, making a total of three years of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
The commissioner revealed that for the period under review, the state fire service under whose auspices the rescue was executed, attended to 794 fire calls where 64 cases were said to be false alarm raised by Deltans.
Ogwezzy, who made the revelation while briefing journalists on the activities of his ministry, said 177 persons were rescued alive while 24 persons were evacuated dead.
He explained that the properties destroyed by the fire for the period under review was valued at N13.2billion.
Ogwezzy listed some of the notable fire incidents that were tackled by the state fire service to include Anioma petrol station in December 2015; College of Education Cooperative Petrol Station on January 19, 2018; PPMC refinery, Ekpan on November 21, 2017; and Ubeji tanker fire incident involving some stores and residential buildings on November 24, 2017.
Others are Robbinson Plaza, Okumagba Avenue, Warri on September 17, 2017; Beta glass factory, Ughelli on April 6, 2017; Sapele main market on October 13, 2017 and Asaba aluminium company on February 14, 2017.
Ogwezzy, who was flanked by the state commissioner for information, Patrick Ukah, at the conference room of the state ministry of information, also said that the fire service generated revenue for the state through issuance of fire safety certificates which yielded a total of N3million to the state government for the period under review.
He said following the risk involved in the fire service agency, the state government approved an insurance cover of n10million yearly for all the staff of the agency in the event of death, temporal or permanent disability that may occur in the course of duty.
He told journalists that the state emergency management agency (SEMA) for the past three years had inspected 115 cases of fire disaster, 60 cases of rainstorm and over 2500 cases of flood disaster.
Ogwezzy, who said 13 persons absconded from the pilgrimage to Israel from the state, though argued that the pilgrims were not Deltans but only used Delta’s name to tarnish the image of the state, said the state government distributed relief materials to three IDP camps for those who were internally displaced during the flood in 2015.
He said a total of N28.6million was approved by the state government for the flood committee that was headed by the state deputy governor, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro.
Ogwezzy also said for the period under review, the state government assisted 94 victims of fire disaster to the tune of N8,1million.
He said N4.2million was given as assistance to 53 victims of rainstorm in Obiaruku, the administrative headquarters of Ukwuani local government area of the state.