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AUST Partners Nigeria's Fire Service

L:R- Engineer Joseph Anebi, Controller General, Federal Fire Service with a senior officer,Mr. O. O Azogu 

The  African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja and the Nigeria Federal Fire Service have pledged their commitment to work together in the control of fire-related incidences so as to save lives and property in the university.

This was contained in a press statement signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Head, Media Services of the university, Obioha Sampson Atulomah shortly after the ground – breaking ceremony of the AUST fire service centre performed by the Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Engineer Joseph G. Anebi last Tuesday.

According to Atulomah, the fire service boss promised not only to assist AUST in her desire of building a fire-fighting base in the university but to also provide personnel to ensure lives and property are well secured in this centre of excellence.

Anebi, commended the gallantry efforts of the NMI and AUST management, Faculty and staff on the high academic standard so far recorded by the university and urged them not to renege in their collective efforts of producing globally competitive world class scientists and engineers that can contribute positively to technological development in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.

In his words “ Science and Technology are key to national development and with the huge human and material resources you have put in place here, I on behalf of my organization will ensure that your expectations are not cut short by any fire-related disaster hence our desire to assist you in the provision of some logistics and personnel. I therefore charge you all to keep up the good works as that is the only way to remain top amongst other renowned institutions in the world”

While welcoming the Fire boss, the Acting President of AUST, Professor Charles Ejikeme Chidume, thanked the Controller General for finding time to come to the university on a very short notice.

He pledged the university’s readiness to collaborate with the fire service at all times to ensure that lives and the various facilities in AUST are safe-guarded as well as to partner with the organization in the training of their personnel in science related fields.

In a brief remark, Mr Olajide Babatunde, Director of Development, Nelson Mandela Institution, promised that the fire service centre will be completed for commissioning within six months. He joined the Acting President to express NMI/AUST managements’ appreciation for the visit of the fire boss and wished him well during his tenure of office.

The controller General was accompanied to the visit by  Messers O. O Azogu and C.N Agu among other highly ranked officers of the service. While NMI/AUST was represented by Mr. Ben Okonkwo; Financial director/Bursar, Mr Joshua Onwuzuruigbo; Associate Director (Multi-lateralProjects/ Compliance), Ms Nafisat Abdullahi; Associate Director(HR/Logistics), Ms Murna Dyeris; Associate Director (Operations) amongst others.