Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned a total of 526 equipment for emergency services and security operations in Lagos, just as he stressed that the presidency remained amazed with the performance of the state government in less than a year.
Represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, President Buhari commissioned 1.85 billion naira security equipment including 335 power bikes and 140 ford ranger pick-up vans procured for the police and other security operatives.
He also unveiled various emergency gadgets meant for rescue operations by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA). Some of the rescue equipment includes cranes, forklifts, low-bed, low-loader, tow trucks, rotating wrecker, tippers, fire-trucks, ICU ambulance, response motor-cycles and paramedic motorbikes.
Others are high capacity truck-man, Volkswagen truck, hiab-truck and tippers.
President Buhari also commissioned a newly rehabilitated Ago Palace road which had been in a deplorable state for almost a decade, thereby opening the densely populated business area for more economic activities.
The newly rehabilitated Ago Palace Way was commissioned by President Buhari, who was represented by Prof. Osinbajo pic.twitter.com/zOyccTve63
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The President reiterated that the Nigerian government would stop at nothing in supporting Lagos State in all its developmental efforts noting that Lagos remained the country’s economic backbone, hence the need to ensure its all-round development.
“I am amazed by the achievements of the Lagos government so far, it’s really incredible that in seven short months or so, we have so many landmark achievements, I have seen so much attention being paid to security and safety; we have just commissioned a major road and several emergency rescue operations equipment at the LASEMA Rescue Operation Unit, I’m impressed with the fact that this security intervention is an integrated one- the Light-up Lagos being an important component of the whole effort, let me use this opportunity to assure you that the federal government will continue to support Lagos State in every possible way,”
He also applauded the fact that the security apparatus would be enjoyed by the Police, Immigration, Customs and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
He used the occasion to express optimism that the country would be great stressing that the country remained on the path of progress.
The President acknowledged the fact that there were teething problems but was quick to say that the present challenges would soon be done away with.
Meanwhile, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode said the massive investment in security and emergency operations was aimed at keeping faith with government’s duty of protection of lives and property and to also reduce emergency response time.
According to Governor Ambode, although it may be difficult to completely eliminate disasters, the equipment will no doubt bring about swiftness n response to eventualities to save lives and property.
“Although it is imperative to state that the intent is to prevent emergencies and mishaps, we may not be able to completely eliminate them; as a result we must be ready to swing into action and save lives and property whenever these unfortunate events occur, many people lose their lives and sources of livelihood, not from the initial incident, but from the delay in the response time due to inadequate resources and training, Mr President, with this rescue center, our initial goal is to significantly bring down response time by our responders, this facility has been established to respond to all kinds of emergencies out of this specially designed dispatch center and it is the first of its kind in the country” the governor added.
He noted that the state government was also planning to deploy GPS technology and CCTV coverage to aid emergency services.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase on behalf of the police family appreciated the state government for the donations as he observed that the gesture had led to drastic reduction in the rate of crime in Nigeria’s commercial capital city.
“Your Excellency, this is the second time you will be doing this, your investment in security has reduced the crime indices in Lagos, let me on behalf of the police family and other security agencies appreciate you for this, to whom much is given, much is expected, I assure you that we are going to put all these to good use,” the Inspector-General reiterated.