The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, on Tuesday inspected the on-going projects at the National Fire Academy Sheda, Abuja.
The Director of Press in the ministry, Mr Afonja Ajibola, made this known in a statement in Abuja.
According to him, Belgore directed the Controller-General, Federal Fire Service (FFS) Mr Jaji Abdulganiyu, to commence necessary arrangements for completion of remaining work and timely inauguration of the entire projects.
Belgore said that the projects were a further contribution to safety of lives and protection of properties of Nigerians and foreigners alike .
The permsec was, however, briefed on inspected projects which showed the adminstrative building had attained 50 per cent completion while the Fire House complex had been completed.
According to him, the execution level of the Breaking Apparatus Gallery Building is also put at 90 per cent.
Other projects he inspected included the Multi Purpose Hall Building, the Staff Clinic, Male and Female Hostels, and the Common Room all of which had been completed and awaiting inauguration.
On the general overview of all inspected projects, the permsec described the various works at the academy as impressive.
“I hereby direct the C-G to commence immediate arrangement for their inauguration to enable Nigerians to start reaping the benefits of the Federal Government’s investment.
Belgore said that under the eight years administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the FFS had experienced considerable leap in terms of funding and provision of infrastructure, compared to the state of affairs before the advent of this administration.
He said that the FFS was presently grossly under staffed, adding that his ministry had written to the presidency for approval to recruit more hands for optimal improvements in safety and rescue operations against impending disaster.
Belgore expressed satisfaction with general quality and level of job done on the inspected projects and called for fast tracking of remaining works to pave the way for early inauguration.
The C-G explained that aside the academy, it had an annex in Lagos, adding that the service had six training schools spread across the six geo-political zones of the country.
“These schools are in Kankiya – Katsina State, Maiduguri in Borno, Minna in Niger, Ummahia in Abia, Calabar in Cross River and Abeokuta in Ogun.”
He, however, promised to do the needful towards total completion of the remaing jobs and timely inauguratiom of the projects.(NAN)