…as Lagos records 80,000 emergency calls daily
Apparently concerned over the increasing rate of suicides committed by frustrated residents in the Lagos Lagoon, indications emerged Tuesday that the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode was planning to set up a Marine Respond Squad to monitor, rescue and manage any impending disaster along the waterways.
This was even as the state also raised an alarm over the increasing rate of emergency calls in the state, saying that the state now receives 80,000 emergency calls daily through the state emergency and command and control room located in Alausa.
Speaking during the stakeholders’ meeting with emergency responders and residents held at Alausa, the Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Seye Oladejo said there was need for the stakeholders to have an effective collaboration among Rapid Respond Squad, State Health Environmental Monitoring Unit (SEHMU), Lagos State Waterways Agency (LASWA), FRSC, LASTMA, local divers, fishermen, fisher women, Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) and other people who play one role or the other in the management of emergencies in the state.
Oladejo said the meeting would engender synergy with the stakeholders, saying that most of the disaster recorded in the state are avoidable, if the stakeholders improve on the collaboration already in existence.