LASEMA Braces Up for Efficient Rescue Operations as Lagos Records 300 Fuel Tanker Accidents in 2020

As part of efforts to boost efficient and prompt response to emergencies, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, has simulated an
accident involving multiple vehicles at its response unit in Cappa, Oshodi

The simulated accident involved a petroleum tanker which burst into flames, some commercial and private vehicles.

The wife of the State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu who declared the exercise open noted that Lagos is extremely vulnerable to a high incidence of disasters and emergencies, such as flooding, fire, road traffic accident, pipeline vandalism and explosions, due to the peculiarity of its topography, climate condition, vegetation and strategic location.

Mrs Sanwo-Olu who commended LASEMA for organising the exercise
aimed at sharpening the capacity of rescuers and fostering synergy between emergency responders, stated that it would keep the workers on their toes and advised residents to be security conscious at all times and to always cooperate with emergency responders.

“To residents and organizations in the state, I urge you to be safety conscious. Safety starts with people resolving to take individual responsibility to ward off any potential threat. It is our collective responsibility to work with government to protect us” She said

The wife of the Governor hinted that next month, two technical partners engaged by the current administration would be working with LASEMA to further improve service delivery, efficiency and effectiveness.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Special Duties, My Tayo Bamgbose-Martins announced that as the coordinating agency, LASEMA had responded to one hundred and fourteen major incidences between December and now, saving lives and property worth billions of naira.

Mr Bamgbose-Martins who revealed that over 300 fuel tanker accidents were recorded in the State last year, said LASEMA and other emergency responders had lived up to the expectation as loss of lives had been prevented, and the effect of many disasters mitigated with their professional handling of such unfortunate events.

“In the course of mitigating disasters for the state, our agencies have done well.
In 2020, we had over 300 tanker accidents, between December and now LASEMA has responded to 114 major emergencies, saving lives and billions of naira worth of properties. While some were accidental, others could have been avoided with better awareness,” he said

LASEMA’s Director-General, Dr. Fẹmi Oke-Osanyintolu who led the operation, said the exercise was also to demonstrate the Agency’s preparedness and team work with other sister agencies during emergency situations.

Dr Oke-Osanyintolu reassured Lagosians of the Agency’s commitment to prompt and efficient service during emergencies.

The simulation exercise, which is the first to be conducted by LASEMA this year was witnessed by officials of the Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, the Police, Fire Service, Road Safety, and LASTMA.i

Omolara Omosanya

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