Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
Rivers State Fire Service yesterday stormed the streets of Port Harcourt in heavy protest over poor firefighting equipment in the ministry.
The protesters who were peacefully coordinated complained of neglect by the state government in the welfare of staffs of the ministry.
The firefighters, who matched to Rivers State Government House, House of Assembly and the Ministry of Special Duties, also called for establishment of fire stations across the state.
Speaking, the leader of the protesters, Mr. Daniel Ozomonu bemoaned the lack of equipment in the operations, adding that it was making their work more difficult.
Ozomonu claimed that they had been denied of their hazard and other allowances which he said had caused hardship in their various families and called on Nyesom Wike to come to their aid.
“We don’t have fire truck. We don’t have equipment that we will use in our work. All the time we have been crying for our hazard allowance. Till now our allowance till today is 100, yet we inhale a lot of smoke when people have deserted a burning house.
“Commissioner in charge of the ministry since he was appointed we don’t know him. In the 23 local government areas of the state we have only one fire station. That station is not even working well.
“We don’t like a situation where we receive salary without working. We appeal to the governor, we know he is a listening governor, we want him to come to our aid.
Addressing journalists the protesters, the clerk of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Stanford Oba, urged them to document their complaints for proper responses.