….. Vows to Improve Response Time Emergency Management; To Tackle Insecurity with Community Policing
Lagos State Government has explained the rationale behind the decision to move the various Departments and Agencies that are saddled with the responsibility of managing safety and emergency to Oshodi Safety Arena saying it would improve co-ordination, synergy and reduce response time to safety and emergency issues across the State.
Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Lagos State, Hon. Oluseye Oladejo who spoke during the Ministerial Press Briefing in commemoration of the 2nd Year in Office of His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja.
Oladejo while giving account of the Ministry’s activities in the last one year, said that Government has upgraded the technology at the Command and Control Center in other to facilitate effective response to emergencies in the State.
According to him, the center has help to facilitate prompt response to distress calls around the State. He added that Government has repositioned Lagos State Response Unit to coordinate, receive and respond to distress calls across the State. “We have upgraded the technology at the Command and Control Centre to receive calls simultaneously. We have also improved the capacity to receive calls and transfer to the appropriate agencies that would respond to the emergency situation on a 24 hour basis.
This has in no small measure boosted the “Golden Time” in response to emergencies.” he said.
Oladejo who expressed Government’s determination to improve emergency management and the response time of emergency responders across the State said Government has established a new dispatch center at Lekki for the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency. According to him, “the facility will include a Jetty for water rescue activities in order to facilitate quick response to emergency around Lekki axis and its waterways for its proximity to riverine areas of the State”.
He explained that the facility, which would be commissioned in the next few weeks will help to improve the response time around Lekki/Epe and its environs when operational.
While commiserating with residents who might have lost valuables and loved ones to any of these disasters, the Commissioner, therefore, acknowledged the tremendous supports of His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, who has continued to motivate men and women who have been on alert day and night responding promptly to these emergencies.
Speaking further the Commissioner reiterated the commitment of the present administration to continue to prevent and manage fire outbreaks across the State, To further boost swift and effective response to fire outbreaks the Commissioner said that the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has graciously approved the creation of 4 four new fire stations in the State. “As at now, Lagos State can now boast of 14 (Fourteen) Fire Stations across the State and all are equipped to combat fire outbreaks”, he added
The Commissioner said Government has scaled up the 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.
The Commissioner said as part of efforts to ensure a well secured and business friendly Lagos, the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) was inaugurated by the Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode as a panacea for efficient and effective policing of our communities and the pathway to economic prosperity, social stability and improved quality of life of people in the State.
Oladejo also described the establishment of the Neighborhood Safety Agency as a new innovation that is envisioned to become a model community safety corps to the admiration of Lagosians and the nation at large.
Mr. Oluseye said further that the establishment of the agency will go a long in complementing the efforts of the existing security agencies in the State and also guarantee Return on Investment for business owners in Lagos.
While restating Governments commitment to providing support for the various law enforcement agencies already existing in the State the Commissioner solicited the cooperation of members of the public to join hands with the newly established Neighbourhood Safety Corps who are also members of the community working for a safer Lagos.
He said the agency has commenced the recruitment of 5,700 Corps members, adding that Government has provided equipment and gadgets such as vehicles equipped with necessary communication gadgets, bicycles, Helmets, Plastic Handcuffs, Rubber Baton, Flashlights, Whistle,
Metal Handcuffs and Tasers and other operational equipment for the Corps.
Oladejo therefore called on Stakeholders to join hands with Government in a bid to reduce emergency response time while also he urging Lagosians to explore the limitless opportunities available on the platform of the State Command and Control Center and continue to call the emergency toll free lines 767 and 112 for distress calls. “You can be assured of prompt response from these numbers on a 24 hour basis”, he said.