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Sanwo-Olu urges responders to collaborate with locals during disasters

By Oluwatope Lawanson Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, wife of the Governor of Lagos State, urged all emergency response agencies to coordinate well with residents at the scene of the incident in order to manage and prevent disasters.

Sanwo-Olu said this on the Y2021 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Alausa, Lagos.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event is observed annually to promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction.

This year’s theme is “Disaster Risk Governance: International Cooperation to Help Countries Reduce Disaster Risk and Disaster Losses”.

The governor’s wife praised the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) for its efficient and timely responses to emergencies.

She urged them to move forward in disaster prevention and management and to ensure good coordination between Agency officials and residents at the scene of incidents.

In his remarks, Mr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, Commissioner for Special Functions and Intergovernmental Relations, said that the state’s THEMES agenda shows the importance placed on the well-being of residents, in particular by providing facilities security and emergency in the state.

Bamgbose-Martins said as of September 30, LASEMA has responded to more than 1,300 major emergencies, saving lives and property worth billions of dollars.

He said: “These incidents not only affected the state, but also individual households and businesses suffered losses.”

The Commissioner therefore urged everyone to always prepare for emergencies and always ensure disaster risk assessment.

Earlier in his welcoming address, Mr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Managing Director of LASEMA, reiterated the need for state-wide capacity building and to collaborate and strengthen efforts to virtually reduce the creation of disaster risk through effective disaster risk reduction. Oke-Osanyintolu noted that working together is the answer when it comes to disaster risk management.

According to him, “LASEMA is ready to support Moving from commitment to action”

“Over the past decade, we have witnessed a steady increase in the number and scale of emergencies and disasters in Lagos State; some of them have caused enormous economic damage and thousands of lives.

“LASEMA is responsible for the coordination of natural disasters and complex emergencies” LASEMA has responded to almost all major disasters in the state. In doing so, he has accumulated considerable knowledge and experience, ”he said.

The general manager also said that in the event of a disaster, LASEMA had developed a complete system.

He added that the system included a 24-hour on-call system, the deployment of a pre-hospital care team, the publication of situation reports, the increase in its efforts to support enhanced resilience and immediate assistance to people. internally displaced through a network of local emergency responders.

Also speaking, Dr Soji Adeniyi, head of the African Network for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, advised Nigerians to raise awareness of the risks they face on a daily basis.

According to Adeniyi, hazards come with risks, but these must be properly managed to avoid disasters.

“I advise everyone to always do a disaster risk assessment to avoid disasters. “

reports that the highlight of the event was the presentation of the recognition to the governor’s wife, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and officials of state emergency agencies.

These are LASEMA, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corp, State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit, Red Cross, among others. The event was also attended by the National Emergency Management Agency, partners from Yobe, Ogun, Oyo, Kaduna and other sister emergency agencies, among others.

Source: NAN

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