Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Defence and Interior, Seth Kwame Acheampong, has called for the immediate implementation of the National Fire Safety programme popularly known as the “Dumgya Project” to curb the frequent fire outbreaks in homes, commercial buildings, among others.Dp
The project, which would afford every household to receive free fire extinguishers, would help minimize and eliminate the frequent fire outbreaks in homes and commercial buildings to save lives and properties.
The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) Act of Parliament (Act 537, 1997 as re-established) gives them the mandate to provide humanitarian service of preventing and managing undesired fires.
The members of the parliamentary select committee on Defence and Interior during a working visit to the warehouses containing some of these fire extinguishers expressed their frustrations at the delay of in implementing the programme.
To this effect, government through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiated the “Dumgya Project” to distribute free fire extinguishers to homes and commercial properties.
However, the Ranking Member of the Committee, James Agalga questioned why government has shown no interest in implementing the programme as it has potentials to create jobs as well as saving lives and properties.
Therefore called on government, the Ministry of Interior and the Ghana National Fire Service to roll out the programme immediately to help avert fire disasters.
Meanwhile, tthe Managing Director of Dumgya Project, Akif Cogoit who took Members of Parliament through the warehouses to inspect the fire extinguishers explained that the project in its comprehensive plan will ensure the establishment of factories in Ghana to manufacture cylinders of acceptable standards to extinguish fires.
This he said would create numerous job opportunities for citizens through the manufacturing process and the distribution of the fire extinguishers.
Mr. Cogoit used the ocassion to urge stakeholders especially government to facilitate the implementation of the project in order to reap its enormous benefits.
Source: www.thenewindependentonline.com/ Political Desk