A total of 988 fire incidents and 242 road crashes were recorded across Lagos state in 2016, the state’s commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-governmental affairs, Oluseye Oladejo has said.
The Commissioner disclosed this on Thursday at a ministerial briefing to mark the two years in office of the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Oladejo who did not disclosed the number of deaths recorded from the disasters, also said that property worth about N16.62 billion were lost to the fire incidents while the state saved about N99.72 billion during rescue missions within same period.
According to Oladejo, in the year under review two incidents of oil spillage, 5 numbers of Gas Explosion/Emission, a mudslide case and cases of Street Light Electrocution were also recorded.
The commissioner, however, explained that the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the state’s fire service were able to respond to the disasters promptly through the deployment of modern equipment.
He explained that in the last one year, LASEMA has been able to record some modest achievements which include the Commissioning of LASEMA Response Unit and training of 700 Emergency Management Volunteers (EMVs), at the Relief Camp located at LASU-Igando road.
“The training was aimed at improving the management and response time during emergency/disaster, as well as to reduce disaster risks at the community level.”
“To further ensure continued efficiency and improve on the response time, a new dispatch center was strategically located at Lekki, complete with a jetty to facilitate quick response to emergency on the waterways and for proximity to riverine areas of the State,” Oladejo added.
He explained that in order effectively control fire incidents in the state, the present administration has approved the creation of four new fire stations in the State.
“The new station, located at the new Multi-Agency Centre, Bolade-Oshodi is now fully operational while those in Olorunda-Badagry, Eredo-Epe and Ijede-Ikorodu are strategically situated to provide swift and effective services to people in these areas.”
“As it were, Lagos State can now boast of 14 functional Fire Stations across the state and all are readily equipped to combat fire outbreak. Officers of the Department are being trained in modern fire fighting techniques and the use of GPS to locate streets,” Oladejo added. DAILYTRUST.M