The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, on Wednesday naugurated an Inter-Agency Technical Working Group for it’s proposed five-year plan, to ensure safety of Lagos residents.
In his remarks during flag-off of the three-day meeting of the Technical Working Group in Lekki, Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins explained that the establishment of the Group became imperative for LASEMA as the overall coordinator of emergency/disaster management in Lagos to meet and device new ways to successfully combat emerging threats”.
Stating that Lagos is a fast growing city with a large population and never-ceasing intense economic activities, the commissioner tasked members of the Technical Working Group to come up with a detailed plan on strategies, tasks and deadlines to boost safety in the state.
He reiterated that the Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu- led administration is particular about the safety and protection of lives and properties in Lagos, as evidenced in the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda..
Director-General/CEO, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, who inaugurated the Technical Working Group harped on the need for emergency responders to work in harmony with one another.
Osanyintolu said the world is not a safe place to live again, as disaster might strike in the form of natural calamities, terrorist attacks and accidents at any moment.
He said that outcome of the meeting would eliminate rivalry amongst all emergency responders and stakeholders operating within Lagos State, to enable quick and effective intervention.
He noted that Lagos, with it’s rapidly growing population of more than 20 million and large urban concentration, urban development in coastal areas, the largely poor enforcement of building codes, cannot afford distractions through rivalry.