President Muhammed Buhari, on Monday commissioned the newly built Lagos State Emergency Management Response Unit at Cappa, Oshodi and rescue equipment procured by the State Government during his 2-Day official visit to Lagos.
Speaking at the commissioning, the President commended the state government for prioritising safety of lives and properties of the residents during emergency situation with the LASEMA Response Unit (LRU) and the acquisition of the state-of-the-art rescue equipment.
The President, who was represented at the ceremony by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo described the gadget as unprecedented, saying the equipment is the first world-class rescue equipment and Response Unit to be provided by any state government in the country.
He said with the new equipment, the emergency responders would undoubtedly rescue more lives, effectively manage disaster and other inevitable emergency situations in the State.
Earlier in his address, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode stated that LASEMA Response Unit is an indication of his administration’s commitment to secures the lives and properties of all residents in Lagos, adding that the state government is determined to do everything humanly possible to avert and possibly manage disaster and rescue lives during emergencies.
According to him, “The security and welfare of Lagosians is a responsibility I do not take lightly and one that this administration is dedicating considerable resources to fulfilling through all our initiatives over the past 12 month. This facility has been established to respond to all kinds of emergencies out of this specially designed dispatch centre and it is the first of its kind in the country.”
“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 properties 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.”
He averred that with the Rescue Centre, the initial goal is to significantly bring down response time by first responders, noting that the government will soon establish more dispatch centres across key areas within the state with the goal of further reducing response time to emergency situations.
While imploring the citizens to call 112 or 767 during emergency, Ambode admonished those who are in the habit of making false emergency calls to desist from such despicable act because resources and attention unknowingly diverted to respond to a false call deprives someone else who may be genuinely in need of same.
The Governor also solicited for the cooperation of all residents and emergency responders in the state to join hands with LASEMA for effective disaster management.
“Lagos State Emergency Management Agency needs the cooperation of the Nigeria Police Force and other Federal Law Enforcement Agencies to carry out its services effectively. We appeal to the Nigeria Police Force and other Agencies to always cooperate with LASEMA for the safety of Lagosians.”
Items commissioned at the event include: Crane, Forklifts, Tow Trucks, Tippers, Flatbed, Ambulance, Paramedic Motor bikes and Hiab truck among others.
Present at the Ceremony were the Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, former Governor of Lagos State and Minister for Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), top Federal and State Government officials as well as political leaders in the country.