Safety Firm, Finkolom Partners Ado Odo-Ota Local Government To Ensure Market Fire Safety.

Finkolom Ventures Limited, a certified HSE company is blazing the trail in market fire safety and prevention, by partnering with Ado-Odo/ Ota Local Government in Ogun state to curb the economic and human losses ocassioned by incessant fire incidents in Nigeria.
In an interview with National Safety Times after a stakeholders’ meeting with Market leaders and other Safety Professionals held in Ado Odo-Ota, local government headquarters recently, the ISPON certified Fire Safety Expert and the Chief facilitator, Mr Fidelis Omo’du said ” we commenced the crusading of Market Fire Safety since September 12, 2017 and we have remained consistent towards ensuring safety of our markets in Nigeria. What you are witnessing today is a kind of stakeholders’ meeting between Finkolom Ventures, the Local Government and Market managers, otherwise known as ‘Iyalojas and Babalojas’, considered to be pivotal in this project. It comprises of four markets under the Local Government”.
The essence of the project, Mr Omo’du said is ” identifying ignation sources and fire hazards caused by individual or collective activities of persons doing their businesses in market environment”.

While qouting the official fire safety research report on increase of fire outbreaks across the country, the Fire Safety Professional disclosed that ‘Nigeria has less than 3% fire safety literacy’. He maintained that constant training for this traders and market managers coupled safety enlightenment will reduce market fire outbreaks to the barest minimum.


On his part, the Chairman Ado Odo-Ota Local Government, Alh. Wasiu Adewale Lawal, represented by the Secretary to the Local Government said, the initiative is a welcome development and the Local Government is ready to pioneer the laudable project in Nigeria. He said ” with the class of Safety Professionals in attendance, it will go a long in safeguarding the lives and properties of our people, not only in Ado Odo-Ota Local Government, Ogun state, but the entire Nigeria”.
Also, the Ogun state Fire Service Officers led by Mrs Fayomi Aro advised the market managers and traders to take this unique opportunity very serious and warned them to ensure that their ‘functional fire extinguishers are always ready for use’.


Similarly, the country’s safety management body, Institute Safety Professionals of Nigeria, represented by Mr. Daniel Thomas assured the participants that the Institute sees them as market fire safety Champions charged with onerous responsibility of ensuring safe economic activities and prevention of loss of lives and properties through fire outbreaks and other unsafe acts in the market across the state.

On Safety Communication challenge, the Media Centre for Safety Reporting (MCSR) Nigeria, represented by their President, Mr John Thompson, also noted that grassroots sensitization and campaign against market fire outbreaks which have become increasingly unabated in Nigeria is a task everyone must embrace, as any effort towards preventing and reducing the menace will positively impact on the economic development of the country.

The Market managers (Iyalojas and Babalojas) in Ado Odo-Ota, unanimously expressed their readiness to comply with all the safety guidelines enumerated at the meeting, but urged the government and the facilitators to massively engage all the traders in constant safety awareness campaign in indigenous languages and basic safety training for overall benefit and robust economy.

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