Another Fire Outbreak at ECOWAS Secretariat, Abuja

Press Release

Barely few days after Nigeria hosted the ECOWAS Conference here in Abuja ,the strong room of the Secretariat (SERVER Room) was razed down by a fire outbreak damaging most of the cables and wires worth millions of Naira.

The FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello ably represented by the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council,Tpl Umar Shuaibu visited the Secretariat to commensurate with the Management over the fire incident .

Tpl Shuaibu said that the FCT Administrations’s encourage were there to sympathize over the great lost and to trace out where the mysterious fire erupt from ,bearing in mind that few months ago a
similar incident at the Secretariat.

The FCT entourage was there to access the damage done so far to enable the FCT Administration have an idea where to assist and to carry out integrity test of the building which will help in resolving the problem.

Reporting, the Ag.Director, ECOWAS ,Nkuaku Koffi disclosed that the Fire started at about 11.45 pm, Tuesday night at the 4th floor of the ECOWAS Building. He explained that the FCT Fire service were handy to quench the fire to avoid escalation to the other side of the Secretariat. Mr Koffi requested for a comprehensive assessment of the Server Room and a professional advice to avoid future mishap.

Accordingly, the Director FCT ,Fire Service, Opetunsin Julius explained that when the Fire Service Team got to the site, they observed that the FM 200 which was suppose to quench the fire was not charged order wise the steam would have been diverted .Also, the fire distinguisher at the server room is obsolete while the alarm system in the building appeared not to be activated.

Mr Opetunsin advised an over hauling of all the fire diverses in the Secretariat to safe guard it from future fire accident while recommending for training for all safety staff of the Secretariat.

By Grace Zamani ,Mrs