LASEMA to Extend Emergency Surveillance to Waterways

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(Last Updated On: 2017-03-30)

 

Oluwatosin Lamidi

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has said that it will extend its surveillance to include responding to emergency incidences on Lagos Waterways alongside other relevant stakeholders.

Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Seye Oladejo gave the hint at a stakeholder session with the theme, “A New Dawn in Emergency/Disaster Management in Lagos State”.

To achieve this, Oladejo said the Agency has upgraded its Command and Control Centre (CCC) in Alausa.

According to him, the capacity of the state emergency responders has been improved to swiftly attend to emergency issues in the State.

He said the successes recorded in emergency issues in recent times is largely due to the deliberate efforts of the State Government to heavily invest in the procurement of needed equipment and heavy duty vehicles as well as the strategic collaboration between LASEMA and other relevant stakeholders.

Oladejo maintained that the unique features of Lagos State makes its vulnerable to emergency incidences.

He said, “these unique features of the State include localization and concentration of industries (about 70-80 percent of the Nation’s industries concerns), presence of Airports (International and Local), Sea Ports and high vehicular density. These unique features have more often than not resulted in ubiquitous fuel tanker/articulated trucks accidents and myriads of incidents often impacting on the ecological dynamics of the State.”

He charged the officers on preparedness, reminding them that the protection of lives and property should be seen as a collective responsibility and as a twenty-four-hour business since disaster do not give warning, hence the need to be prepared and ready to move to action, every day, every hour every second and every moment.

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