The Lagos State Government has cautioned residents against abuse of the state’s toll-free emergency telephone lines 767 and 112, saying it could cause tension and create panic in the state.
The state government therefore warned that measures would be taken against anyone found making hoax calls or sending false messages to the emergency lines, saying that such practices are capable of denying emergency responders the time needed to attend to genuine emergency issues.
This was made known at a state-wide campaign to raise awareness on the use of the emergency lines which kicked off on Tuesday, October 17.
In a press release, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, was quoted to have said, “I want to advise people who are in the habit of sending false messages and calls to the Emergency Call Centre and through the social networks, to desist from so doing as this would create panic and unnecessary tension across the State.
“Let me also inform that necessary disciplinary measures would henceforth be taken against such hoax calls and messages.”
According to the press release signed by Kehinde Adebayo of LASEMA’s Public Affairs Unit, Tiamiyu made this known at the awareness tour across Lagos West Senatorial district.
Earlier, Tiamiyu said that the command and control centre established by the state government has the human and infrastructural capacity to decisively attend to all forms of emergency calls and bring the needed succour to residents of the state irrespective of where they live.
Furthermore, he said that the advocacy/sensitisation programme was important considering the huge investment made by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, in upgrading the facilities and equipment used for combating emergency issues in the state.
He added that the sensitisation tour would also help reduce incidence of emergency occurrences that usually skyrocket during the ember months ranging from road accidents, fire outbreaks, collapsed buildings, rape, child abuse, domestic violence cases, and others.
Tiamiyu further stated that for adequate response to distress calls in the state, officials of the call centre have been taken through various trainings and orientations in line with global best practices to respond and attend promptly, effectively and adequately to all distress calls put across to the centre.
He assured Lagosians that the tour would go a long way in reducing emergency issues, encourage the use of the emergency toll free number as well as acquaint Lagosians with necessary steps to take to avoid emergencies which most times lead to unnecessary loss of valuable lives and properties worth millions of naira.
The General Manager also advised parents and guardians to monitor their children on the usage of the emergency toll free numbers and social networks, saying that these facilities should be used strictly for emergency purposes.
He re-affirmed LASEMA’s readiness and commitment in the management of emergency/disaster in the state through prompt intervention with the assistance of other relevant stakeholders in disaster and emergency management in the state.