The Director-General Lagos State Safety Commission (LASSC), Mr. Lanre Mojola, on Thursday said the commission would collaborate with stakeholders to train traders to become Safety Marshals, to identify unsafe practices in the area.
Mojola told the media of the move in Lagos while engaging in a post-incident investigation at Martins Street, where a fire incident occurred on Wednesday.
According to him, from the post-incident investigation, “we have identified some adjoining buildings that have cracked and we are sealing them up for safety purposes.
“Our topmost priority now is to ensure the safety of lives; we thank God that there was no fatality yesterday and all the 17 casualties have been discharged from Lagos State General Hospital.
“We had meetings with stakeholders including the local government chairman and officials of Central Business District (CBD) this morning on how to collectively work together to prevent this kind of incident from happening again in the environment.
“We need to collectively engage with the market leaders; we have been carrying out advocacy sessions with them, but we now want to make them more responsible.
“The message is for them to nominate people we can train as Safety Marshals; these are the whistleblowers to identify any unsafe practices, and they will regularly have meetings.
“Part of the plan is that they will be having these meetings on Thursdays during their sanitation period where they can carry out practicals on safety training with other market men and women and continue to reiterate such training until it becomes a safety culture, ” Mojola said.
He said that a total of nine buildings were affected by the fire outbreak which took place on Wednesday at Martins Street.
Mojola confirmed that another building behind Martins Street, No 6, Sani Adewale, beside Happy Plaza, was also gutted by fire around 11:05 am on Thursday, but the fire service had been able to put off the fire.
He said that officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) were also at the scene.
Mojola urged traders in the market to comply with the vision of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu Agenda and reflect this in their actions.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), fire also gutted another building at No 41 Martins Str. on Thursday.