The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, has convened a stakeholders’ conference to further ensure synergy amongst all emergency response agencies operating within the State.
Themed “Global Emerging Issues in Emergency Management and Preparedness” the conference which was held in Alausa Ikeja, was attended by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, National Emergency Management Agency, State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, Building Control Agency, LASBCA, the Lagos State Task Force, the State Ambulance Service, the Police and the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps.
Declaring the one day conference open, the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr Tayo Bamgbose-Martins noted that because of its mega city status, Lagos has been moving away from disaster reduction to prevention.
Mr Bamgbose-Martins charged the stakeholders to take full advantage of the event to brainstorm on ways of adequately managing emerging disasters in a quick, efficient and effective manner, while also proffering emergency and disasters preventive measures.
“It’s about the recognition that we as a state be made to always be in a state of preparedness and it must be adequate”.
“Preparing for what we call disasters, emergencies because they will come, when it comes it does not give notice, we talking about issues of building collapse which is so frequent, we talking about fire occurancees, flood and others”.
LASEMA’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu explained that the forum which was borne out of the various emergency and disasters challenges across the globe was also aimed at bridging the gap between policies, rules, regulations, orientation and attitudes of Lagos residents in terms of emergency and disasters
“This is a big calling to all the key stakeholders, for us to share information, fine-tune our operations and for us to be aware of our roles and responsibilities”.
During the panel session, the
General Manager of the Lagos Building Control Agency, Mr. Gbolahan Oki identified unwillingness of residents to face current realities and non conformity to rules and regulations as some of the causes of incessant collapsed buildings.
By Omolara Omosanya