Lagos state, south west Nigeria has restated its commitment towards improving emergency management in the state.
The Governor of the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode promised to make the protection of lives and property a major priority of his Administration, with a responsive emergency unit.
Speaking during the commissioning of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Response Unit in Lekki, the Governor explains that “the State Response Units were positioned to effectively coordinate, receive and respond to distress calls.”
The Governor, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Oluseye Oladejo said “the new dispatch centre was in continuation of the fulfilment of the promised to continuously promote safety and emergency management culture by adopting best practices and deploying world class resources.”
Governor Ambode noted that the Lekki Response Unit was designed to facilitate quick response to emergencies on the waterways and for proximity to riverine areas of the state, stressing that construction work was currently going on at two other Response Units.
Protection of property
He maintains that Government has also scaled up the activities of its Monitoring and Surveillance Units in order to prevent and mitigate against preventable loss of lives and properties.
The General Manager, Mr Adeshina Tiamiyu recalled that the Agency in the last one year had responded to numerous fire incidents, road accidents, flooding, illegal parked trucks, gas explosions among other emergencies in record time, thereby saving lots of lives and properties worth millions of naira.
Commiserating with residents who lost valuables and loved ones to any of these disasters, the General Manager acknowledged the support of Governor Ambode, who has continued to motivate the officials of agencies to perform optimally.