LASEMA TO REVAMP WATERWAYS OPERATIONS….
Written by tobi adejare on July 12, 2019
Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has unfolded plans to revamp its operations on the Lagos waterways.
To this end, the agency has resolved to actively compliment the efforts of the State waterways agency, the marine police and other relevant stakeholders to ensure adequate safety of the commuting populace on Lagos waterways.
The Director General of LASEMA Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu made the decision known during an interactive session with members of Staff at the Safety Arena, Bolade Oshodi, Lagos.
He explained that in order to enhance activities of the agency and reduce response time to scenes of emergencies on the waterways, the Response Unit of the Agency on the Lekki corridor would now be serving as the Marine response centre, solely dedicated to emergency surveillance and response on waterways.
The LASEMA GM who decried the rate of boat accidents in recent times, said that the situation was a wake-up call on all emergey responders to restrategise and rise to the challenge with a view to stemming preventable mishaps on the waterways.
Dr. Osanyintolu explained that the agency would re-energize its coordinating mechanism by rekindling old and tested tools of coordination and partnership while also venturing into new relationships and sharpening the Agency’s network and linkages to ensure better collaborations and cooperation.
He noted that the Agency had established three zonal coordinating offices at the 3 Senatorial districts of the State with zonal coordinators and three Unit Bases at Cappa, Onipanu on Ikorodu Road and Command & Control Centre, Alausa, this he said would enhance timely response and reduce challenges arising from over centralization.
Dr. Osanyintolu emphasized that as a coordinating and response Agency, it intends to embark on three key levels of enhancement for training projects which would include; approval for Training Policy, Training curriculum to fill gaps identified in disaster management and designation of a training centre for the Agency.
This according to him, will also be the first in the country to efficiently put together resources that meet the Agency’s specific functional and training needs.