Lagos saves N99bn worth of properties from fire

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

An estimated 99.7 billion naira worth of properties were saved from fire incidences recorded in Lagos State in the last one year.
The Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr Oluseye Oladejo who made this known to newsmen in Ikeja, said the government stepped up its emergency apparatus to respond to fire disasters and other emergency situations.

Mr Oladejo added that in line with the State Government’s resolve to prevent and manage fire outbreaks across the State, Governor Ambode approved the creation of four new fire stations in the State.

“As at now, Lagos State can now boast of 14 fire stations across the state and all are equipped to combat fire outbreak, I can give you some information about the value of the properties saved from fire disasters and that would give an estimate of N99.72billion during the period under review and the estimated properties lost at N16.62billion,” he stressed.

He stated that government had scaled up activities in Monitoring and Surveillance in the State and also intensified safety advocacy campaign in order to inform, educate and enlighten the public on the prevention and management of fire outbreaks.

Safety commission

On facility inspection across the state, the Commissioner explained that the Lagos Safety Commission had been empowered to set safety standards for business premises, event centres, churches and other public buildings.

“They don’t have any ‘no-go-area’ to ensure that we put safety measures in place in the course of construction and the rest of it. That is the preventive part of our business, for rescue, that is the business of other agencies like Fire Service, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA),” he said.

The Special Duties Commissioner called on stakeholders to join hands with government in a bid to reduce emergency response time while also urging ‘Lagosians’ to explore the limitless opportunities available on the platform of the State Command and Control Centre and continue to call the emergency toll free lines – 767 and 112 for distress calls.

He said the government’s decision to replicate the Lagos Response Unit in other locations in the State was to take the service closer to the people, noting that emergency rescue was a matter of response time and proximity of the service providers.

“So, that informed the position of the government to establish one at Lekki and we are also establishing one at Ikorodu Road where we used to Bode Benson Hotel and we are also establishing one at Badagry, when you look at the spread, you would see that our intention is to take the service closer to the people, in the years ahead, we also hope to put up more structures to attend to the needs of the people,” Oladejo said.