By MICHAEL EBOH
The Lagos State Government has threatened severe sanctions against any individual or organisation that fails to abide by its Urban and Regional Planning Development Law.
Speaking at a seminar on mitigating the risk of fire and other allied risks on the insurance sector, organised by Continental Alarm Limited, Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje, the State Commissioner of Science and Technology, said that government is worried about the incessant fire incidents in the state and the attendant loss of lives and properties.
He said that the state government will, henceforth, ensure that buildings are fire compliant, with emphasis on fire exits and access, among others.
Mabadeje further explained that the state has invested in infrastructure that are designed to help fight and prevent fire and is committed to creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. He noted that the Lagos State Security Trust Fund is an evidence of the state government’s commitment to security and safety of lives and properties.
The commissioner disclosed that in the next couple of weeks, the state will be acquiring 32 new fire trucks, while it has commenced the training of officials and men of the Lagos State’s Fire Service in line with the new roles expected of them. He lamented the fact that less than 50 per cent of Nigerians have fire alarms in their homes and offices, while it noted that it has deployed technology in its quest to ensure safety and security of lives and properties.