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Fire guts Accountant-General’s office

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SOME parts of Accountant-General of Nigeria’s office went up in flames today.

  The complex also known as Treasury House, is located beside the FCT Police Command and the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC) at Garki II, Abuja.

Although what caused the inferno is still unclear, with emergency services have since been deployed to the scene, there are indications that the inferno started from the third floor, razing the building upwards including the Accountant General’s office and most of the important offices.

Firefighters, internal security and eyewitnesses could not provide the immediate cause of the fire cause as the building had no staff in it due to the COVID-19 lockdown being observed across the FCT and other states.

But Federal Fire Service (FFS) said it has successfully extinguished the fire outbreak at the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

The FFS Public Relation’s office in a post on its official Facebook page showed the building and its officials as well as their firefighting trucks in current pictures.

  There was no casualty in the fire incident that gutted parts of the Accountant-General of the Federation’s office yesterday at the Treasury House, Abuja.

Federal Minister of State, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, and the Accountant-General of the Federation, Idris Ahmed, stated this while speaking to newsmen on the issue.

According to them, there were no human casualties or damage to sensitive data or records.

Agba said a full-scale investigation involving forensic experts was underway to ascertain the cause of the inferno that engulfed the fourth floor of the treasury building where the capital projects of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are processed.

“An officer came to the office, he put on the air conditioner and there was a spark. He noticed smoke and he immediately put it off but it was still smouldering and he had to rush out to get some help.

The fire servicemen were called about 10:10 am and they responded within four minutes with three fire trucks. However, there was a little bit of difficulty in getting inside the building because they thought they should fight the fire both from outside and inside.

They eventually broke in to fight the fire. When they saw the extent of it, they called for help. And altogether, 25 fire trucks were mobilised to fight it and within 35 minutes, it was put under control. We’ve gone around the rooms and the offices that were affected and I’m glad to report that our data centre where all our records are kept are intact.

We’ve not lost any record. I also should remind you now that for a while, we’ve gone digital. Yes, we’ve some documents that are kept manually, but a lot of what we do is online. And even if the data centre were to be affected, we’ve a backup centre that is outside of Abuja for recovery,” he said.

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