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Baghdad today - Karbala
After the Hamdaniya wedding tragedy in northern Iraq, the issue of safety and security conditions in state institutions and public places became the main concern of many in order to prevent the recurrence of such a “tragedy” in the country, while representatives believe that the governors did not care about safety conditions and the civil defense file because it would not provide “media gains.”
The representative of Karbala Governorate, Muhammad Al-Khafaji, criticized in an interview exclusively with “Baghdad Al-Youm” “the lack of interest of the provincial administrations in the civil defense file due to its lack of the media gain they are looking for,” revealing “a number of state institutions that violate the conditions of public safety, and do not take into account defense recommendations.” "Civil".
Problems and obstacles
Al-Khafaji said, “The issue of following up on the implementation of safety procedures in various government and other institutions and facilities and reducing fires is primarily the responsibility of the defense directorates in each governorate,” stressing that they “suffer from several problems and obstacles to their work, most notably their lack of financial allocations and the lack of mechanisms.”
He pointed out that "there are quite a number of government institutions violating safety instructions and procedures, in addition to private facilities, and the civil defense directorates have a clear diagnosis of the causes of fires that have become frequent, and they issue reports and recommendations, but there is no seriousness on the part of the governors in holding accountable."
He continued to say: “The governor is the supreme president responsible for law enforcement and accountability, but they work after incidents occur and the statements and reaction measures are, to say the least, miserable,” criticizing “the lack of interest of most governors in this file, and they did not place civil defense among their priorities.” Because of its lack of gain and media benefit, they are looking for projects with media benefit, in addition to the presence of some problems, suspicions and dilemmas, and there is favoritism and procrastination in holding accountable those who caused the fires.”
MP Al-Karbalai explained that the Civil Defense Directorate in Karbala suffers from a lack of financial allocations and the number of its mechanisms, and what they have of them is limited, and it has not been provided with support from the ministry or even from the governorate administration, despite the fact that there are large sums of money spent on miserable projects, and food security allocations have been spent. On superficial projects.
He continued by saying: “The Ministry of Interior’s failure to support the Civil Defense Directorates does not absolve the governors of responsibility for supporting these institutions, as they have the funds and powers to provide their work requirements,” describing these institutions as “important and their work is linked to protecting the citizen, and they suffer from neglect and need support.” “And rehabilitate its centers and equip them with machinery, as they contain elderly members and should be supplemented with new appointments.”
Al-Khafaji pointed out that “the work of the Civil Defense Directorates is currently limited to extinguishing fires and writing a report on their causes, and they do not have the authority and authority to hold accountable those who are negligent in implementing safety procedures, in a firm and strict manner, and we are continuing to look into this file and hold those who are negligent accountable.” The Civil Defense Law needs to be amended, and the government must pay attention to this matter, urgently send a draft amendment to Parliament for approval, and give more powers to this institution.”
Application of terms
On (September 27, 2023), the Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee confirmed the existence of a parliamentary movement to implement safety and security conditions in buildings and close violating ones.
Committee member Mahdi Taqi told “Baghdad Today” that “the humanitarian disaster that occurred in the wedding hall in Nineveh Governorate is due to the absence of safety and security conditions, and there are many buildings that are devoid of these conditions, and that is why we find disasters recurring from time to time.”
Taqi explained, “The Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee will work to host the competent security and governmental authorities in order to discuss the issue of imposing safety and security conditions on all buildings and closing any building that violates these conditions, as there are many buildings that are in violation, and they receive hundreds of citizens on a daily basis, and this is a dangerous matter and perhaps "He repeats this humanitarian catastrophe."
A wedding ceremony in the Al-Hamdaniya district in Nineveh Governorate, northern Iraq, turned into a disaster on Wednesday night (September 27, 2023), after a massive fire broke out in the hall, killing at least 100 people and injuring more than 150 others. According to data from government agencies.
Source: Baghdad Today