Secretariat Fire Outbreak: No Life Was Lost – Education Ministry

Secretariat Fire Outbreak: No Life Was Lost – Education Ministry

By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The Federal Ministry of Education has revealed that no life was lost in the fire incident which occurred at the Federal Secretariat recently.

A statement signed by the Director Press of the ministry, Bem Goong says two of the affected staff in the incident who have been hospitalized at the Maitama General Hospital in Abuja are in stable condition and are responding to treatment.


The statement further said, six Directors of the Ministry who visited the victims at the Maitama General Hospital confirmed that the victims were not only coordinatng well but were also articulate in their speeches. 

Commenting on the cause of the fire incident, the Director said, preliminary investigation indicates that the fire incident may have been caused by a power surge, resulting to a spark from an air condition, which ignited the fire. 

However, a Committee has been constituted with a view to investigate and determine the actual cause of the fire and to recommend measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in future. 

On reports that two fire incidents occurred almost simultaneously at the Federal Secretariat, fueling speculations of sabotage, the Director said; the first incident occurred from an electrical malfunction of a car at the car park at the Federal Secretariat phase 1, adding that there is no Iink between the two incidents.

“Without prejudice to the work of the Committee, I would like to dispel speculations that there is an element of sabotage in the two incidents,” he said.

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