Nigerian Minister of State for Education, Viola Onwuliri, has disclosed that no sensitive documents were burnt and offices in the building were not affected by the fire incident at the Federal Secretariat on Thursday, May 14, 2015.
Mrs Onwuliri explained that the fire only affected the electrical cable channels.
“The offices and documents are intact,” Mrs. Onwuliri said. “The fire service chief has assured that everybody is safe.”
The fire began at about 1.40pm and affected the 3rd to 6th floor of phase three of the secretariat. They are the offices of the Federal Ministry of Education.
The Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, at the time of the incident was having an interactive section with principals of unity schools from across the country.
The meeting had to be stopped as the minister and other officials were evacuated from the building.
The fire service arrived the scene shortly after the fire started. After the blaze was extinguished, the Operational Commander for the Federal Fire service, Ime Eyo, told journalists that investigations are still on going as to what led to the fire.
“By tomorrow, I will be able to tell you what caused the fire outburst,” Mr. Eyo said. “As at now investigations are still on-going.”