Abuja fire: Ministry denies burning of account dept
The Ministry of Education yesterday, denied some media report that fire gutted the account department at the ministry.
Director of Human Resources, Dr. Muham-mad Umar, stated this in Abuja, when he conducted journalists round the ministry.
According to the Director, â€œAt about 2.30pm on Thursday, May 14, when several activities were going on in the headquarters building, some staff noticed sparks from the distribution panel on the 3rd floor. The attention of the maintenance staff was drawn to this but before they could act further,the electrical spark generated fire and fumes.
All persons within the premises were safely evacuated while the fire service was called in. The fire was brought under control in about two hours laterâ€.
He continued, â€œNot a single paper got burnt and it is highly unfair of anybody to say the account department was burnt. And we are not suspecting any sabotage, they have started working on the wiring system since morning and the extent of the damage is still been assessed.
â€œAnd I would like to correct the rumour that there was no water, there was water and the fire extinguishers in the building were all workingâ€.
Director General Services Police Affairs, Mrs. Matilda Huda, said in their own department nothing was affected except for the panels.
She noted that, it is highly unfair of anybody to speculate or exaggerate what happened.
She commended the various agencies that helped to put out the fire.
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