By Henry Odeh
The Oyo state house of assembly has advanced the fire service amendment bill to the appropriate house committee after the bill passed through second reading.
Lawmakers decried the present state of fire service in the state which is an agency under the ministry of public works and infrastructures.
The house noted that the present state of the agency has battered its public image so much that hardly would there be any university or polytechnic graduate that would gladly want to take up a job offer at the present Oyo state fire service.
The deputy speaker, Hon. Abiodun Fadeyi, in his submission attributed the failure of the agency to lack of independence as a government parastatal that should exist and operate outside the purview of the ministry of public works and infrastructures.
Hon. Fadeyi stressed that the impact of fire outbreak anywhere is always devastating, citing some of the recent fire incidents across the state as examples.
He said the bureaucratic bottlenecks in government operations has greatly affected the effectiveness and efficiency of the agency so much that the agency needed to be unbundled out of the ministry of public works and infrastructures and placed under the direct control of the governor’s office for it to be able to live up to the tasks it is saddled with.
The speaker, Rt Hon Adebo Ogundoyin in his remark stated that the recent fire incidents across the state should be an eye opener to the important role of the agency plays in the society and however referred the bill to the appropriate house committee for further legislative actions.