August 2, 2019

Sanwo-Olu counsels emergency responders against unhealthy rivalry

Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Lagos—WIFE of the Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has advised agencies of government to shun unhealthy rivalry that would hamper the delivery of quality service to residents of the state.

Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu

Mrs Sanwo-Olu stated this, yesterday, during the quarterly stakeholders meeting on emergency and disaster management organized by Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA with the theme “sustaining synergy among stakeholders in Emergency/disaster Management; Working Better Together,” held at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Alausa, Ikeja.

There were presentations from stakeholders/agencies like: the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, National Emergency Management Authority, NEMA, Fire Service among others at the event.

The wife of the Governor, represented by a medical practitioner, Dr. Abiola Ajike-Mafe at the event underscored the importance of the stakeholders meeting, saying, “This gathering provides the unique opportunity of bringing critical stakeholders in emergency management in the state together to brainstorm on how to be on the same page with regards to fostering a working relationship of trust and mutual respect.”

Sanwo-olu advised all relevant agencies to know their specific roles during emergencies and to keep to them.

According to her, “The bottom line is that all the agencies must know their duties and cooperate with one another. The Paramount thing should be saving lives and not any unhealthy rivalry,” she stressed.

Earlier, the Director/General and CEO of LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyitolu stated that in line with the THEMES agenda of Governor Sanwo-Olu, there was the need to have a centralized meeting point where relationship among different stakeholders could be enhanced for efficient service delivery.

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He said that the theme for the meeting “…Working Better Together,” was chosen to provide workable strategies on how to renew confidence among emergency responders and also review their performances in the past years.