The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Marine Police are working hand in hand to ensure that Lagos Waterways, especially within the Lekki area, is safe.

This was revealed by the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, at an interactive session with staff members of LASEMA Safety Arena in the Bolade – Oshodi iarea of the state.

He added that the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and other relevant agencies would also not be left out.

Oke-Osanyintolu said the agency was eyeing a reduced response time to emergencies on the waterways.

“LASEMA will actively complement the efforts of the state waterways’ agency, the marine police and other relevant stakeholders to ensure adequate safety of the commuting populace on the state’s waterways.

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“The LASEMA established act as amended in 2005 (Section 5 (1-4) mandates the agency to coordinate and integrate disaster management in Lagos State, and to successfully accomplish this task.

“The agency is venturing into new relationships and sharpening the agency’s network and linkages to ensue better defined collaborations,” he said.

He also that in order to “enhance timely response to emergencies and reduce challenges arising from over centralisation”, the agency had created three zonal offices within the three senatorial districts of the state as well as unit bases at Cappa, Onipanu on Ikorodu Road and Command and Control Centre at Alausa.

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