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Lagos Fire Outbreaks: A Call for Concerns

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Youths Against Disaster Initiative (YADI) has expressed its heartfelt sympathy with the victims of the fire explosion in a warehouse that has sparked a major fire in Lagos Island, Nigeria on Wednesday.

Following the incident, the Group observed that:

  1. The incidence of fire and its intensity of damage and losses are more during harmattan season which falls between November and March of every year.
  2. Fire outbreak remained a major disaster in the country which swiftly causes incalculable losses directly and indirectly.
  3. Individuals/industries in the country have paid little or no attention to proper storage and useful guides to prevent explosives and individuals from fire disasters.
  4. In recent times, market/warehouse fire explosions create and heighten unemployment thus sabotaging Government poverty alleviation programmes and schemes.

The Group recommended as follows:

  1. Adequate storage and useful guides on explosives to prevent individuals/industries from fire disasters in the country.
  2. Effective individual/industrial alertness, volunteer system and activation of automatic fire detection systems to aid early detection of fire explosion.
  3. Installation of mass residential devices and proper fire extinguishers in industry and commercial complexes to issue a signal to a fire alarm system.
  4. In homes, apart from fire extinguishers, household detectors such as smoke alarms can be installed to generally issue a local audible and visual alarm on anticipated fire.


We commend the efforts of various stakeholders such as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Fire Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Red Cross Society of Nigeria, among others which have responded timely and effectively during the fire incident.

Abubakar Jimoh

National Coordinator

Youths Against Disasters Initiative (YADI), Abuja.