The Oyo State Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) CC Michael Adaralewa has called on all Divisional officers and all Disaster management desk officers across the 33 Local Government and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to sensitise the indigenes on the dangers of bush burning, fuel hoarding especially during this period of scarcity.
The Oyo NSCDC boss made the call at a forum with the state disaster managers at the Corps Headquarters in Ibadan.
He said bush burning destroyed the ecosystem and increase the effects of climate change.
His words, “Indiscriminate bush burning at this period of dry season should be avoided as this could extend to neighbouring farmlands and houses, and if such houses hoards fuel, it may cause serious damages to lives and properties of the citizens as a result”.
He enjoined the citizens of the State to properly dispose dry leaves and papers, while electrical appliances should also be switched off and unplugged when not in use. All these preventive measures would go a long way as mitigating it’s impacts.
Commandant Adaralewa later urged the good people of the State to be careful in dealing with fire during this period, stressing the need for all to have extinguisher in their houses, offices and markets.
He assured the residents of the State that officers and men of Oyo NSCDC would be at alert to respond to any case of fire outbreak in synergy with all stakeholders in disaster management in the State.