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Lagos has evolved in emergency management – Oba Oniru



Oba Gbolahan Lawal, the Oniru of Iruland, Iru-Victoria Island Local Council Development Area, says Lagos State has evolved in emergency management.

Oniru said this on the sidelines of the unveiling of a new fire station named after the traditional ruler at New Market in Oniru, Victoria Island, on Wednesday in Lagos.

It was reported that the Lagos State Government on Wednesday inaugurated three new fire stations in Oba Gbolahan Lawal fire station, Oniru; Ajegunle fire station, Ajeromi Ifelodun and Ebute- Elefun fire station, Adeniji Adele in Lagos.

He said that the state had evolved in emergency management, fire and building collapse in recent time due to the state government investment in emergency management and equipment.

Oniru called on corporate, private and individuals to support the newly constructed fire stations with the establishment of the Lagos State Emergency Management Trust Fund.

He noted that the trust fund would support the community and state government in the management of emergency situation.

He urged corporate organisations, individuals and residents of the area to adopt the state fire and emergency response programmes.

According to him, the state government started the State Security Trust Fund in 2007, whereby private organisations, individuals and corporate entities are collaborating with the state government to support security agency to ensure that they have a better and safer state.

“Since that time, we have had a very successful security. We never had any major bank robbery or attack.

“It is also important for us to look at what was the situation years back before the emergence of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority.

“Whenever we had any fire incident or any major emergency situation, we were going to corporate entities like Julius Berger, CCECC and Hitech to come and rescue the situation.

“But today, I can say proudly that Lagos has evolved in emergency situation. “We now have an agency responsible for that.

“Just few days ago on Oct. 23, Lagos State Government removed a garbage truck from the Lagoon on Third Mainland Bridge.

“Those were the things that have really evolved in emergency management,” he said.

The Oba urged residents of the area to be safety conscious to prevent needless loss of life and properties.

“Lagos is a resilient city; we expect that private individuals as they have demonstrated with the Lagos State Security Trust Fund to come and also support us here.

“Iruland is blessed with a lot of corporate entities that have the wherewithal to build a modern fire station, but the government has done this. There will be a need for fire engines and a need to incentivise the firemen.

“I am calling on private and corporate entities to adopt this fire station as one of their own. With that, we will be able to do a lot more in emergency management.

“I believe they have the capacity, and I will continue to use my throne to seek for their support and partnership to ensure that this edifice does not suffer any form of neglect,” he said.

Olayinka Olawale

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