Stakeholders proffer ways to stem tide of fire outbreaks in Anambra, task State Government

Posted by News Express | 28 February 2020 | 462 times

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Some Anambra State indigenes under the auspices of Association of Digital Media Core Advocates (ADMCA) have recommended that the State Government should train and retrain fire fighters to enable them become up to date with modern-day firefighting techniques.

The State Government, they said, should make it compulsory for each trader or shop owner in major markets in the state to own a serviceable fire extinguisher. This should also be narrowed down to local communities and schools through proper sensitisation.

In addition, the state government should establish mini fire station in schools, markets and churches.

The media parley was attended by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Anambra State, who was represented by Hon. Chika Ibeneme, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Image Management and Media, and Hon. Marcel Manafa, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Radio and Television.

Community policing members (Vigilante groups), the parley also recommended, should be trained as firefighters too to complement the efforts of the state fire service in our various communities.

Government should make available special numbers that can be quickly accessed by the public in case of any emergency. 

As a measure to check the illegality going on in their various schools, government was urged to provide a student suggestion box in all the state-owned or private schools in the state through which students can report those illegalities. 

They also recommended that the state government should, through the media, educate the people on how to insure their businesses or any establishments.

“The government should do everything within its powers to get the Federal Government approval for the reconstruction of most failing federal roads in the state.

“Buildings around the Ekwulobia/Oko roundabout should be relocated and the roundabout should be expanded for comfortable transit of heavy-duty vehicles.

“Government should adopt a system of effective information management while information managers of the government should avoid going as low as becoming attack dogs.”

In order to achieve a citizens buy-in into state policies, the stakeholders in the media industry should always be carried along from the inception of every project of the government by her information managers.

On the order hand, the online Media Influencers were admonished to be mindful of what they write irrespective of who they write for.

Access to information on government policies and activities should be unhindered while all recognised media organisations should be given equal opportunities.

Other participants at the parley also included the Comrade Emma Ifesinachi, Anambra State Chairman National Union of Journalists (NUJ), other members of the union in the state, print and broadcast media persons as well as social media influencers.

Source: News Express

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