By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, expressed his administration continued commitment to combat emergency occurrences in order to save lives and property of residents and environs.
He said the capacity of the emergency responders has been boosted with the new Response Unit, located at Fadeyi area of the State, along the ever-busy Ikorodu Road.
Ambode, who made the remarks at the commissioning of the LRU station, implored residents of the area and other relevant stakeholders across the State to ensure that the station performs optimally through the provision of relevant and timely information that would be beneficial for the emergency team.
The Governor, represented by Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Seye Oladejo, said that his determination to provide adequate protection for the lives and property of residents remained unwavering.
He disclosed that the new LRU which is strategically located along Ikorodu Road is adequately equipped with emergency evacuation equipment of various capacities to complement the existing dispatch points located at Cappa Oshodi and Lekki areas of the state.
Senator Ganiu Olanrewaju Solomon, in a goodwill message, described the location of the LRU in Mushin area as a privilege for members of his constituency, stressing that Governor Ambode had consistently and constantly opening new chapters of surprises for residents on a daily basis with various projects and infrastructural development.
The Senator added that Governor Ambode has demonstrated that the safe and secure Lagos promised during his electioneering campaign is manifesting for all to see beyond mere words, “Governor Ambode is sincerely committed to the safety of the citizenry.” he stated.
Also speaking at the event, member representing Mushin Constituency II at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Olayiwola Olawale, maintained that the fact that Lagos State has a very high rate of vehicular movement including fuel tankers and articulated vehicles make the metropolis more susceptible to emergency occurrences.
He said that the Safety Bill recently passed at the State House of Assembly was a testimonial that the legislative arm of the State government is solidly behind the move of the Governor in the area of safety.
The General Manager of the Agency, Mr. Tiamiyu Adeshina informed that the investment of the State government in the area of emergency response has greatly assisted in the reduction of losses recorded in the course of the year compared to previous years.
According to him, accidents occurrences, loss of lives, property, road crashes among several other had reduced to the barest minimal, stressing that the LASEMA team will not rest on its oars in providing swift responses to emergency situations.
“The Fadeyi Emergency Unit is a fulfillment to the promise made during the commissioning of LASEMA Response Unit, LRU, at Lekki in June this year that an Ultra-Modern Unit within the Central Lagos would be established.”
He called on residents to always report suspicious moves to the Agency before it escalates into disasters.
Adeshina, also acknowledged the fact that Lagosians are better enlightened about the workings of the Agency.