The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has called on the Lagos State Emergency Response Team to work on ways to offer better service delivery in the area of disaster management in the state.

He made this submission during a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) operational headquarters at Cappa, Oshodi.

“On behalf of the people of Lagos, I commend LASEMA and its emergency workers’ performance in disaster management. But, we know there is still a lot that we can do to raise the standard and there is still a lot that is expected of us but I can assure you that we will support LASEMA for quality service.

“This is why we are here to assess the level of response mechanism and take stock of the challenges the agency might be facing. We do not want to give excuses to the taxpayers. We pledge our continued support to encourage the agency to live up to expectations, because its efficiency in service delivery would be the parameter citizens would use to assess and write the agency scorecards,” the governor said.

Sanwo-Olu also charged the agency to cut down on its response time in a bid to respond faster to emergencies.

He reminded the agency that disaster management was sensitive and thus demanded speed as well as professionalism on the field.

“LASEMA needs to raise its escalation level in managing emergencies. If it gets to the level where we need additional support from other agencies, such police, fire fighters, or any arm of government, we must be able to quickly be able to analyse the situation and be able to escalate it to another level, so that we can reduce losses to lives and property. Lagos is a centre of excellence and we must live up to billing by putting forward the best rescue operation,” he said.

The Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji; Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde and Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo, accompanied the governor on the visit.

The governor was afforded a tour of the agency’s facilities by LASEMA’s Director General, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu.

He was also shown equipment the agency used during its emergency operations.

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