Lagos State Government on Tuesday began a state-wide awareness campaign on the use of the State’s toll-free emergency lines 767 and 112, saying that the Command and Control Centre established by the State government has the human and infrastructure capacity to decisively attend to all forms of emergency calls and bring the needed succour to residents of the State irrespective of where the live.
The General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu during the awareness tour across Lagos West Senatorial district of the State today, also cautioned residents of the State against the abuse of the toll free lines.
He said that the advocacy/sensitization programme is important considering the huge investment made by the Governor of Lagos State His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode in upgrading the facilities and equipment used for combating emergency issues in the State.
Recalling that several abuses of the 767 112 emergency lines had been recorded in the past, Tiamiyu lamented that such uncivil practices are capable of denying emergency responders the time needed to attend to genuine emergency issues.
” I want to advise people who are in the habit of sending false messages and calls to the Emergency Call Centre and through the social networks, to desist from so doing as this would create panic and unnecessary tension across the State. Let me also inform that necessary disciplinary measures would henceforth be taken against such hoax calls and messages” the General Manager warned.
He added that the sensitization tour would also help reduce incidences of emergency occurrences that usually skyrocket during the ember months ranging from Road accident, Fire outbreak, Collapsed Building, Rape, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence cases, and other forms of criminal incidences
Mr. Tiamiyu further stated that for adequate response to distress calls in the State, officials of the Call Centre have been taken through various trainings and orientations in line with global best practices to respond and attend promptly, effectively and adequately to all distress calls put across to the Centre.
He assured Lagosians that the tour would go a long way in reducing emergency issues, encourage the use of the emergency toll free number as well as acquaint Lagosians with necessary steps to take to avoid emergencies which most times leads to unecessary loss of valuable lives and properties worth millions of naira
The General Manager also advised parents and guardians to monitor their children on the usage of the emergency toll free numbers and social networks, saying that these facilities should be used strictly for emergency purposes.
He re-affirmed LASEMA’s readiness and commitment in the management of emergency/disaster in the State through prompt intervention with the assitance of other relevant stakeholders in disaster and emergency mangement in the State.
Public Affairs Unit (LASEMA)