Officials of the Lagos State Fire Service on Monday told their Acting Director, Margaret Oluseye that they are frustrated and not comfortable with the treatment being meted at them as fire officers.
This was expressed at the monthly general prayer session held in the premises of the organization.
The meeting which usually holds on the first working day of every month started with praise and worship, then prayer session and later to words of admonition.
Giving her pep talk, the Ag Director, noted that information reached her that some fire officers were seen at fire scenes, looking dejected. She thus inquired if they are truly frustrated.
The question brought about silence for some time, while the courageous ones summoned courage to express their dissatisfaction. One of the speakers who appreciated the question said he was glad that the question came up.
“We are truly dejected and frustrated, but the fear of the unknown won’t allow anyone to speak out. The last time some people did, they were frustrated out of service and tagged as enemies of the leadership of this parastatal.
“Our welfare package is poor, no special benefits, we come to work with fear and go back home sorrowfully. Our experience during the lockdown was nothing to write home about, against the welfare package other parastatals benefitted”.
Another speaker expressed dissatisfaction towards the treatment given to officers of fire service that sustain injuries in the course of duty, he said they were basically left on their own to go and sort themselves out, an act he described as disheartening.
“How do you expect people to be happy? These developments are even demotivating other colleagues, we can’t continue this way.
“LASEMA is not doing one quarter of what we are doing but they’re making those guys happy. Here we pay for our uniforms amongst other things, sincerely we are not happy”, he said.
Oluseye however appealed to everyone that they shouldn’t loose focus. She noted that their call as essential service officers is of high priority, noting that the identified issues will be looked into.