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Hanif smells corruption behind fire incidents

  • Published at 09:05 pm April 8th, 2019
Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahabubul Alam Hanif
File photo of Awami League's acting general secretary Mahabubul Alam Hanif

He made the remarks at a seminar on 'Skill-based fire safety: Present situation' at the Institute of Engineers Bangladesh in Dhaka on Monday

Awami League's acting general secretary Mahabubul Alam Hanif has blamed corruption as the reason behind all the fire incidents that have recently occurred in high-rise buildings in the capital.

"Low-quality materials were used in constructing buildings to make some extra profit, which made the buildings high fire risks," said Hanif.

He made the remarks at a seminar on “Skill-based fire safety: Present situation” at the Institute of Engineers Bangladesh in Dhaka on Monday.

The ruling party's science and technology sub-committee arranged the seminar.

Taking the Chawkbazar fire incident in February as a wakeup call, the government took several initiatives to prevent fires in future, but people forget everything after a few days of the incidents, he said. 

Even builders and the relevant authorities do not perform their duties properly. The FR Tower fire incident in Banani has shaken the country and the government has become very strict on the issue_ all have to ensure proper fire safety measures, he added.

“Each and everyone has to take fire safety precautions,” Hanif said.

He urged universities to open departments to educate students on fire-related subjects and turn them into efficient engineers, “so that we can control such tragic incidents and save lives and property”.

Hanif also expressed his gratitude to the firefighters, saying that members of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence are skilled and efficient.

Bangabandhu Digital University Vice Chancellor Munaz Ahmed Noor presented the keynote paper, while former Fire Service Director General Ali Imam Ahmed, among others, spoke at the seminar.