A fire post has been inaugurated in Parliament as part of measures to improve security and fire safety within the State House premises.
The fire post, which forms part of the Job 600 rehabilitation project, also serves as complementary services to enhance safety and security of lives and properties.
The inaugural ceremony was performed by the First Deputy Speaker, Ebo Barton-Oduro, on behalf of the Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho.
In a short remark, Mr. Barton-Oduro, said the security of Members of Parliament was paramount, that was why efforts were being made to tighten security within the State House premises.
He expressed optimism that the new fire post, in addition to the District Police Station which was inaugurated a couple of months ago, would provide adequate security within the premises.
The Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, said the inauguration of the fire post brought to 21, the number of fire stations commissioned throughout the country since the last quarter of 2015.
He appealed to parliamentary aspirants to, as part of their campaign ahead of the November polls, educate their constituents on fire safety to reduce the spate of fire outbreaks in the country.
“Fire knows no boundaries. Neither does it know any person and can therefore wreck havoc on any of us if care is not taken. We are all therefore at risk so long as we compromise on best fire safety practices,” he said.
Mr. Gaisie noted that the Ghana National Fire Services was in the process of amending certain portions of the Legislative Instrument (LI 1724) and the Bush Fire Law (PNDC law 229, 1990) to conform with modern trends of fighting fire.
The Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin, said Parliament was committed to providing security personnel stationed in the House with the needed support to meet their operational objectives.
“I will like to appeal to members of parliament to cooperate with the personnel in uniform in order that they can continue to provide us with the needed protection to discharge our duties,” he said.
The Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, in an address read on his behalf, urged the Ghana National Fire Service to intensify its fire prevention and control educational programmes.
“There is the need for more awareness creation on hazards of fire and the role of individuals in preventing outbreaks,” he said.
By Yaw Kyei