Lagos Seeks Inter-agency Cooperation among Emergency Responders

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Gboyega Akinsanmi

The Lagos State Government has identified strategic collaboration among all rescue workers in the state as a weapon to prevent loss of life during disaster, noting that the chance of saving a life is extremely low without synergy among emergency workers

The state government has, equally, equipped all emergency workers in the state with modern life-saving techniques “to prevent undue loss of life as well as improve response time to distress calls at all times.”

The Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Oluseye Oladejo stated this at a workshop organised for all workers of the state’s emergency response agencies at the Lagos Travel Inn Hotel, Ikeja recently.

The workshop, which brought together frontline emergency workers from Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LSNSC), focused on synergy among safety corps, security personnel and emergency responders to actualise value to life.

At the workshop, the commissioner said the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had resolved “to improve inter agency collaboration, at both the formal and informal levels and ensure promotion of team work amongst safety and emergency corps in the state.”

He added that the state government had come up with new measures to improve life saving and response time to incident and distress calls, which he said was the focal point of the workshop and specifically designed to build capacity of all emergency responders in the state.

Consistent with the state’s policy that place utmost value on lives, Oladejo said the workshop was put together “to train diverse groups of emergency responders that operate in the state to foster the unity of purpose, cooperation and synergy.”

Oladejo emphasised improvement in renewal and sustenance of the existing synergy amongst the various agencies saddled with the responsibility of managing safety and emergencies in order to prevent loss of life and also to improve response time to distress calls at all times.

He implored all participants at the workshop “to actively participate. The workshop will ensure improved collaboration, increase productivity and improve response time to diverse emergencies that occur in the state.”
The commissioner noted the state “is not only determined to institutionalise interagency co-ordination but is equally desirous of improving inter-sectorial collaboration amongst emergency responders.

“I have no doubt that the Ambode administration is determined to continuously and relentlessly promote safety culture in the state by adopting best practices and deploying world class resources available to address the challenges of managing emergencies and disasters in the State.

“We, therefore, recognise the need to continue to advocate inter-sectoral collaboration and promote community participation policies designed to mitigate the impact of potential disasters using modern strategies.”
Also at the workshop, the Chairman of Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LSNSC), Mr. Israel Ajao explained that the state government would continuously promote safety culture in the state.

Ajao, a retired Deputy Inspector-General, said the state government had already adopted best practices and deployed world class resources available “to address the challenges of managing emergencies and disasters in the state.
“For these reasons, it has become imperative to build a culture of inter-sectorial collaboration and promote community participation in government policies designed to mitigate the impact of potential disasters. That is the core objective of this workshop.”

In a goodwill message, the Permanent Secretary in charge of the Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Dr. Jemilade Longe re-affirmed the readiness of the state government to continue to push for timely and swiftly response to emergency situations across the state.

The permanent secretary, urged all the participants “to use the opportunity the workshop offers to build their capacity to synergise and assist the state government to promote safety and make emergency sustainable.”