By Luqmon Balogun
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA has called for active collaboration, information sharing and regular meetings among stakeholders, to enhance effective emergency response during emergency intervention.
The Director General of LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu made the call during a working visit to the Headquarter of the Rapid Response Squad RRS of the Lagos State Police Command in Alausa, Ikeja Lagos.
Dr Oke-Osanyintolu identified lack of cooperation among stakeholders as a form of hindrance to the success of emergency management and intervention in the State.
”Effective preparedness requires close coordination among stakeholders, while effective coordination itself implies the understanding of stakeholders regarding each other’s roles before an emergency occurs, elements of command and control, communication, dispatches/deployment and a clear-cut incident command structure. All these give credence to a single-chain of command where roles of stakeholders are clearly defined before, during and after emergency/disasters,” he explained.
The LASEMA Boss said; ”the Agency as the umbrella body to co-ordinate the activities of relevant agencies in prevention and management of disasters, has a major role to play, as such gives credence and the need for the visit to solicit further support from the security agency such as the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command as emergency and security goes side by side.”
”In consonance with the LASEMA Law of Lagos State of 2015 as (Amended ) by the Law 2011 for the establishment of Zonal Rescue Coordinating Centre, the Agency has established Zonal Rescue Coordinating Centres. These centres are located in the three Senatorial Districts of the State; namely, Lagos West, East and Central Senatorial Districts. They are headed by Senior Officers in the Agency with support from the Cappa Dispatch Centre in Oshodi, Command and Control Centre, Alausa-Ikeja and the Dispatch Centre, Onipanu, on Ikorodu Road for adequate and quick response to any form of emergency/disaster,” Dr Oke-Osanyintolu stated.
The Director General said; there are plans to revamp the agency’s operations on Lagos State waterways to compliment the efforts of the State Waterways Authority (LASWA), the Marine Police and other relevant stakeholders to ensure adequate safety of the commuting populace of Lagos water, with the establishment of Aquatic Response Unit at the Lekki Response Unit by the Lekki/Ikorodu. There is a linked Bridge to further enhance the presence of the agency on the waterways as well as reducing response time to scene of emergencies on water on the Lekki corrido and its environs.”
While seeking for continuous support for adequate protection of all emergency responders from hoodlums who sometimes impede rescue operations, Dr Oke-Osanyintolu stated that ”the agency would continue to organise forum for emergency/security operatives before, during and after emergencies such as stakeholders meeting, simulations exercise as well as training for effective and disaster management.”
The Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Olatunji Disu promised readiness to strengthen the bond and networking to ensure that lives are save.
He however called on LASEMA to sustain the relationship with other emergency agencies.