The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), has deployed newly-acquired rescue equipment to enhance its Disaster Management efforts in the State and these were displayed in a Simulation Exercise held at its Cappa Operations Base where the newly acquired rescue equipment were used during simulated operations, .
Speaking in his opening remark, during the Simulation Exercise, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of LASEMA, Dr.Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, expressed the agency’s gratitude to Governor Babajide S
anwo-Olu for constantly upgrading and re-equipping LASEMA to serve Lagosians better .
Dr.Oke-Osanyintolu who noted that Disaster Emergencies are an inevitable aspect of life in the constantly evolving economic capital and international hub that Lagos is, expressed satisfaction with the response time and performance exhibited by LASEMA staff during the Simulation Exercise.
He added that the Agency has an established and functional emergency response structure that runs all sections of the Emergency Disaster cycle effectively.
Speaking at the Occassion, the Special Guest and First Lady of Lagos State, Dr.(Mrs)Ibijoke Claudiana Sanwo-Olu commended LASEMA and all other Stakeholders for working together to ensure the safety of residents.
She described LASEMA as a”Child of Circumstances” born in 2007 in the aftermath of the infamous Ikeja Army Cantonement bomb blast, while expressing joy at the momentous growth of the Agency such that LASEMA has been known to even tutor its older establishment on Emergency from the Federal level, render extensive assistance to other states yet to establish theirs while being 10 places ahead of Emergency/disaster situations in keeping with international best practices.
She urged the residents of Lagos State to be safety conscious by resolving to take individual responsibility to ward off any potential threat, adding that it is our collective responsibility to work with Government to protect us.
In his Keynote address the Honourable Commissioner for Special Duties & Intergovernmental Relations, Engr.Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, stated that Disaster Prevention and Management is a top priority of the Administration of Mr. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as part of its T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.
He added that the administration of Mr.Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Mr.Deputy Governor Dr.Obafemi Hamzat has always placed a premium on the safety of lives and property while striving towards ensuring that loss of lives and properties is kept to the barest minimum even when these unforeseen Emergency occurs.
He expressed his satisfaction that LASEMA and sister agencies have lived up to the expectations that borne their existence, while preventing loss of lives and mitigating the effects of many disasters with their professionalism.
Engineer Bamgbose-Martins thanked the First Lady for her presence and graciously supporting the occasion.