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Nigeria to enforce mandatory fire insurance in public buildings

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Nigeria has said that it will enforce a mandatory fire insurance policy for all public buildings in the country.

According to the Federal Fire Service (FFS) and National Insurance Commission, (NAICOM), the two national agencies have commenced the initiative to mandate all public sector property to procure fire liability insurance.

They said the initiative has become imperative due to lack of compliance with fire safety rules in public buildings and the growing fire outbreaks.

The two bodies came up with the initiative after the visit on Monday of Controller-General of the (FFS), Ibrahim Liman, to NAICOM in Abuja.

Liman, during the courtesy visit to the insurance commission, expressed the need for managers of public buildings to subscribe to the liability insurance policy.

Distributed by increasing cases of fire outbreaks in public buildings, built environment experts have called for enforcement of fire safety designs and measures that could mitigate further outbreaks and the attendant loss of lives and properties.

Last year alone, public buildings such as the Accountant General of the Federation Building, the Corporate Affairs Commission head office and the Independent National Electoral Commission headquarters are among government property that experienced fire outbreaks.

Under the NAICOM law, the commission is expected to remit a certain percentage of fire insurance liability on public buildings to the fire service agency.

However, due to lack of effective implementation of the policy and weak enforcement, the funds that should have accrued to the fire service are not forthcoming.

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The FFS CG told the CEO of NAICOM, Olorundare Sunday Thomas, on the need to remit the statutory fund that is supposed to be remitted to the Fire Service which has not been forthcoming.

“The fund that is supposed to be remitted to us from NAICOM has not been coming.

“My appeal to you is that NAICOM can assist the Fire Service especially the State Fire Services who are poorly funded in the areas of fire trucks rehabilitation, fire stations rehabilitation, training and retraining of staff and even providing uniforms where the need be,” Lima told his host.

The NAICOM boss, in his response acknowledged the fact that the law enables NAICOM to fund the activities of the Fire Service.

“We have a regulatory responsibility, the law also enables us to fund the activities of the Fire Service but because there has not been enough enforcement, the funds are not coming, but the potential is quite huge. This visit has given opportunity for a better partnership.”

He promised that NAICOM will work with the consultant introduced to them by the Controller General in ensuring that the needful is done.

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