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Lackadaisical practice in Lagos hospital: My personal experience

Majority have attested to several bad and lackadaisical attitudes of government workers at government hospitals, and just weeks ago, my turn to be a victim of the inhumane act deigned on me. Come along as I share my firsthand witness and my short experience in the hands of the unkind people entrusted with the lives of Nigerians.

It was a fresh Thurday morning of nauseating and sick feeling strolling majestically on the road of my body. I felt very sick on Wednesday night to the extent that the thoughts of death became prominent in my thought’s power house and I became timid because my immune system at that point was close to feeble. As usual, when in pains, I recite the verse of protection and I did so while in critical condition. I didn’t know what happened next but I woke up alive the next morning and joy gripped my heart as I yawned sluggishly to a new morning.

As a sharp boy who doesn’t want to die untimely, I searched for my hospital card, moved straight to the general hospital and I met the constant phenomenon, ‘Long Queue’. I joined the longest queue in Ikorodu at that point, submitted my card for verification and I got verified to proceed to the ‘check point’ where patients blood pressure will be checked before waiting to see the doctor. I passed through the tardy process while in severe pains. Alas! it got to my turn and I was excited to see the doctor like I’ll get healed with the speed of light.

My excitement reduced tempo due to the sluggish attitude of the doctor, who asked few questions like she was forced to work that fateful morning coupled with her terrible ‘I don’t care attitude’, and in the end, she gave me a pamphlet stating to proceed to the laboratory for test. I passed through stage one and it was stage two, ‘the process’, I proceeded to the point of payment and made a payment of N3,000 for the test. Payment done, I proceeded to the lab and the sample of my blood was taken, stage two passed!

Just like our mobile games gets harder by stages, they give us new tasks and sometimes, serve us surprises and that was the theme of my stage three.
SURPRISE!. ‘Come back for result on Monday’, these words crawled through the mouth of the laboratory worker and I was not sure she was talking to me. ‘Ma, I’m very sick, I need the result as soon as possible to get medications. Is there anything you can do to help me?’ I said, trying to convince the laboratory worker on the need to get my test results quickly due to my condition, she didn’t care, she said it’s not in her power to do.

Following the surprise, I got frustrated and I moved to the doctor’s office to report my situation; like lab worker, like doctor. The doctor still wore this nonchalant attitude on her face. She told me to go back, saying ‘I need the results today or tomorrow morning’. I didn’t know what to do because I was frustrated already, what if I die tomorrow? What if my condition gets worse than I expect? What if I break down? These thoughts got me infuriated and I told the doctor ‘Ma, what about temporary drugs? With the same nonchalant look, she prescribed one drug, the name started with ‘P’, I couldn’t decode the drug’s name due to the acclaimed ‘artistic doctor writing’.

Without much ado, I branched at the laboratory to tender the lab worker the feedback I got from the doctor, ‘The doctor said she needs the results today or tomorrow, I said; she replied, ‘go to the main laboratory’. In response, I asked thrice, ‘where’s the main laboratory Ma?, You won’t believe this woman kept mute, transforming me into a radio set. With so much anger and frustration, I left the office peacefully with this statement flowing in my head ‘it’s God that will you judge you people’. Never give up! I tried finding my way to the main laboratory through the front desk officer of the hospital, I got to the main laboratory but I didn’t know what to do, so I left with tears dancing on the floor of my face gently. I cried, wiped my tears, cried again, wiped my tears.

Well… My last hope! While wiping the little tears on my face, I rushed to the pharmacy to get the ‘P’ drug that was prescribed by the doctor. I tendered the pamphlet to the attendant, she said, ‘You don’t have paracetamol in your house?’ You won’t believe the doctor prescribed Paracetamol for me. I was shocked the doctor could be this mean and petty!, This got me angry, frustrated and demoralised. I left the pharmacy with anger, I cried subsequently while in severe pains but as a ‘man’ they claim I am, I left the premises calmly, cursing the hospital with anger.

‘Go to the pharmacy, get ‘Camosunate’, my dad prescribed the drug in a phone conversation after sharing what had happened earlier at the hospital. With enthusiasm, I ‘maned up’, rushed to the nearest pharmacy, used the drug and that was how my Dad saved my immune system for the weekend.

Murisiku Amure (Earpiece of Lagos)
@MurisikuAmure

Commissioners and Special Advisers appointed by Gov Sanwo-Olu (FULL LIST)

COMMISSIONERS:

Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo (Finance)

Mr. Tunji Bello (Water Resources and Environment)

Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo (Education)

Prof. Akin Abayomi (Health)

Dr. Idris Salako (Physical Planning and Urban Development)

Mr. Gbenga Omotoso (Information and Strategy)

Mrs. Bolaji Dada (Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation)

Mr. Lere Odusote (Energy and Natural Resources)

Dr. Frederic Oladeinde (Transportation)

Mr. Gbolahan Lawal (Agriculture)

Moruf Akinderu Fatai (Housing)

Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN) (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice)

Mr. Hakeem Fahm (Science and Technology)

Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle (Establishment, Training and Pension)

Engr. Aramide Adeyoye (Works and Infrastructure)

Mr. Segun Dawodu (Youth and Social Development)

Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf (Home Affairs)

Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke (Local Government and Community Affairs)

Mrs. Lola Akande (Commerce and Industry)

Mrs. Olufunke Adebolu (Tourism Arts and Culture)

Mr. Sam Egube (Economy Planning and Budget)

Dr. Wale Ahmed (Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations)

SPECIAL ADVISERS:

Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya  (Special Adviser on Agriculture)

Princess Aderemi Adebowale (Special Adviser on Civic Engagement)

Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo (Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Affairs)

Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka (Special Adviser on Housing)

Joe Igbokwe (Special Adviser for Drainage and Water Resources)

Olatunbosun Alake (Special Adviser for Innovation and Technology)

Arc. Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi (Special Adviser on Urban Development)

Anofi Olanrewaju Elegushi (Special Adviser on Central Business Districts)

Bonu Solomon Saanu (Special Adviser on Arts and Culture)

Oluwatoyin Fayinka (Special Adviser on Transportation)

Oladele Ajayi (Special Adviser on Commerce and Industry)

Tokunbo Wahab (Special Adviser on Education)

Solape Hammond (Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals)

BREAKING: EFCC hits Ambode’s residence

Officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday stormed the residence of the former Lagos state governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode.

According to TheCable, it  was reported that the officers are currently raiding his residence. When contacted, Tony Orilade, EFCC spokesman, confirmed the news.

Recall that the commission had last three weeks ago froze three bank accounts containing the total sum of N9.9bn linked to the immediate past Governor of Lagos State.

More details to follow soon…

We will continue to build on your legacies – Sanwo-Olu to retired HOS

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said his administration would build on the culture of excellence instituted in the State’s civil service. This, he said, is best way to build on the legacies of retired civil servants that invested their energies to build the State.

Governor Sanwo-Olu spoke when members of Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Association of Lagos State Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries (ALARHOSPS) paid a courtesy visit on him on Friday in Alausa.

He described the body of retired civil servants as “valuable assets” to the State, noting that their actions while in service contributed to the “enviable height” Lagos attained among states in the nation.

He said:

“All of you have spent good part of your active life to build out state at the civil service level. I am sure you will always feel fulfilled when you look back to see all the thoughts, ideas and energies you contributed to build the most vibrant civil service in Nigeria. It is the culture you have left behind is what we are building on to make Lagos remain the centre of excellence.

“You have set the foundation we are enjoying today. I want to assure you that we will not keep it at where you have stopped. We are going to keep the flame burning and build on all you have passed on to us in making the most dynamic civil service earn its pride of place.”

The Governor said the future generation would be indebted to the retired Heads of Service for their efforts in building a society the black race would be proud of Sanwo-Olu said the state would continue to draw from the experience of the retired civil servants, adding that the establishment of ALARHOSPS as advisory body to the government was an indication of the passion the group had towards the development of the state.

He said:

“The future generation would remain indebted to you for all your actions and contribution to build our state. Today, Lagos is the centerpiece, which every Nigerian and the entire black race are looking at today as a source of pride. Your sleepless nights, labour and contributions led to this success story.”

ALARHOSPS president, Alhaji Mohammed Ajibola-Olagbaye, who spoke on behalf of the retirees, hailed the Governor for appointing a member of the group, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, as Secretary to the State Government.

Ajibola-Olagbaye noted that the association was created in 2013 as a think tank to help government strengthen the capacity of the civil service and other workforce in the employment of the state for sustained prosperity.

He used the occasion to articulate some of the challenges facing members of the association, including disparity in monthly pension scheme, which affected some ALARHOSPS’ members that retired before May 29, 1999 when the fourth republic took off.

Ajibola-Olagbaye also sought the Governor’s support in building a permanent secretariat for the association’s activities, and also for the forthcoming conference to be hosted by the association.

Responding, Gov. Sanwo-Olu promised to assist the association in surmounting some of its challenges, promising that his administration would consult the group for advice on service delivery.

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Mrs. Jaji, Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, and the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo.

PHOTO NEWS: LAWMA inspect Marine/Apapa bridge

The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Dr. Olumuyiwa Gbadegesin, inspect LAWMA operations at Marine/Apapa bridge.

Below are photos…

Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, MD/CEO. Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) (2nd right); Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Executive Director (r); Mr. Kemi Sulaimon, coordinator, LAWMA central district operations (2nd left); and Mrs. Folashade Kadiri, Asst. Dir. Public Affairs (L), during the inspection of LAWMA operations at Marine/Apapa bridge, Ijora, on Monday, 12th August, 2019.

Highway sweepers in action, during the inspection of LAWMA operations, led by the MD/CEO., Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, at Wharf Road, Apapa, on Monday, 12th August, 2019.

Highway sweepers in action, during the inspection of LAWMA operations, led by the MD/CEO., Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, at Marine/Apapa bridge, Ijora, on Monday, 12th August, 2019.

Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, MD/CEO. Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) (2nd right); Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Executive Director (r); Mr. Kemi Sulaimon, coordinator, LAWMA central district operations (2nd left); and Mrs. Folashade Kadiri, Asst. Dir. Public Affairs (L), during the inspection of LAWMA operations at Marine/Apapa bridge, Ijora, on Monday, 12th August, 2019.

 

LAWMA to ensure zero tolerance for waste in Lagos – Dr Gbadegesin

The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Dr. Olumuyiwa Gbadegesin, has declared that the organisation would stop at nothing to rid the state of filth, across its three operational districts.

He made the declaration in Apapa, during his inspection of LAWMA operations in the area, stressing that the agency would pay special attention to black spots including Mile 2, LASU Gate, Okokomaiko and Badagry among others.

“We’re here to monitor the on-going clean-up exercise, which is in furtherance of the executive order on Environmental Sanitation by His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu”, he said.

The LAWMA boss noted that the Authority had stepped up its operation despite the accessibility challenge by evacuation trucks, adding that sweepers had been deployed in their numbers for thorough cleanup of the environs. The exercise according to him also extends to LASU gate, Okoko, Badagry up to seme.

“As you are aware, Apapa has accessibility challenge but we are determined to confront the challenge and get the job done and that is why we are here. Our sweepers are here in their numbers sweeping the highway and clearing the silt. This exercise extends to other areas like Okoko, LASU Gate, Badagry up to Seme”, Gbadegesin said.

He implored residents of Lagos to support government in maintaining a cleaner and sanitary environment and to shun all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal, which was capable of exposing the populace to environmental health dangers.

“We are calling out to people statewide that we should stop indiscriminate dumping of waste. During this Sallah celebration we distributed free trash bags and we are pleading with residents to use those trash bags to dispose of their wastes and to also make sure that you have a covered waste bin at home. We don’t want people dumping wastes by the roadside because this puts us at risk of epidemics”, he added.

Speaking on enforcement against indiscriminate dumping of refuse, Gbadegesin said that there would be zero tolerance against such acts and defaulters would be apprehended and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.

In the same vein, the LAWMA CEO revealed that the Authority had started bulk waste evacuation from major locations, motorised collection of waste from kerbside; placement and regular collection of waste from appropriate receptacles and waste prevention activities which involves closure of illegal waste locations otherwise known as black spots, through waste policing from Orile all the way down to Badagry expressway, to phase out the environmental challenges being experienced in the areas in recent times.

Dr. Gbadegesin added that PSP operations were being repositioned to meet the household waste management needs of residents, while Community Development Associations (CDAs) and other stakeholders are currently engaged in LAWMA’s massive public enlightenment campaign, to ensure that cleanliness is restored to all parts of the state.

Spotlight African Network commends LAWMA female sweepers

The Managing Director of Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Mr. Ola Oresanya, has described the female street sweepers as the engine room of the organization, working round the clock to keep the state clean and sustain the environment.

He said this at Ikeja during an award ceremony organized by Spotlight African Network to celebrate the women workforce of the Authority for their input towards achieving cleaner and healthier environment in the state.

At the program tagged, “LAWMA Women Making A Difference, Community Service Leadership Awards”, he said:

“I use this opportunity to appreciate you all and to commend the Spotlight African Network, for recognizing and celebrating the great roles you have consistently played, in making the environment conducive for all residents and visitors in our state”.

Speaking further, he commended the organizers of the event for recognizing the efforts of the sweepers, and for organizing a safety training course for them.

“Of particular interest to me, is the Safety Training Course, which the group has planned with the Federal Road Safety Corps for the women. This will go a long way in further equipping the women with basic rules of safety, while on their work beats. I must therefore specially commend your organization, for the forward-looking initiative”, he quipped.

The LAWMA boss stressed that the award conferred on the women sweepers would further motivate and inspire them to give their best in the task of building the environment that Lagosians would be proud of, adding that the goal of the Authority was to achieve a cleaner Lagos.

In his remarks, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegeshin commended the sweepers for their commitment to work, adding that the government would continue to work for the improvement of their welfare.

Also speaking at the event, the President of Spotlight African Network, Mrs. Nonye Pearl Mike-Nnaji, noted that LAWMA street sweepers were the unsung heroines in the Authority’s quest to make every nook and cranny of the state livable, stressing the impact of the sweepers in keeping the environment clean, and enhancing security on the roads.

Mrs. Nnaji reiterated her organization’s commitment to the pursuit of improved well-being of the sweepers as part of their corporate social responsibility program, adding that they would organize a two-day road safety training, in conjunction with the Federal Road Safety Corps, to equip the sweepers with safety skills on the highways.

The Corps Commander, Ikeja Unit, of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mrs. Emma Fekoya, in her speech eulogized organizers of the event and congratulated the street sweepers for the well deserved award, urging the sweepers to be safety conscious, in the course of discharging their duties.

Notable personalities at the event who inspired the women with their real life stories, included renowned actress, Kate Henshaw; Oke Maduewesi, CEO of Zaron Cosmetics; and Ayo Megbope, CEO of No Left-overs.

High point of the event was the presentation of awards to 150 street sweepers who excelled in the task of keeping the environment clean.

In a related development, Jhulelal Sindhi Samaj Charity Trust, a Lagos-based non government organization (NGO) recently presented some gift items to 120 LAWMA sweepers at Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, Lagos.

This according to them was a demonstration of their appreciation to the sweepers for commitment and relentless efforts in making sure that the Lagos metropolis is clean, even under harsh and unpleasant weather conditions.

PHOTO NEWS: Sanwo-Olu pays inspection visit to security agencies

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, July 30, pays an inspection visitatation to the security agencies in the state.

The Governor takes this action making sure that the life and properties of residents are safe and secure.

Sanwo-Olu visited the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, at the RRS parade ground at Alausa, Ikeja, also checking the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, at the LASEMA Cappa Base.

He never failed to recognize the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps, LNSC, when he visited The Safety Arena at Oshodi.

See photos below…

RRS

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, inspecting the guard of honour by men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) during the Governor’s inspection visit to their parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, addressing men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), flanked by Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (right) and Executive Secretary/CEO, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balodun (left) during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

R-L: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Executive Secretary/CEO, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balodun; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo and Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

R-L: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Executive Secretary/CEO, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balodun; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo and Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

R-L: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Executive Secretary/CEO, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balodun and Commander of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, flanked by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (left) and Commander of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu (right) during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

LASEMA

L-R: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; General Manger, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu and Head, LASEMA Cappa Base, Mr. Olatunbosun Olukolade during the Governor’s inspection visit to the LASEMA Cappa Base, Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

L-R: Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Head, LASEMA Cappa Base, Mr. Olatunbosun Olukolade and General Manger, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the LASEMA Cappa Base, Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (right); Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (middle) and LASEMA Fleet Manager, Uchenna Rapuchukwu (right) during the Governor’s inspection visit to the LASEMA Cappa Base, Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

R-L: Emergency Response Shift Manager, Command and Control Centre, Bisi Ololade; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; General Manger, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the Command and Control Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

L-R: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; General Manger, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu and Head, LASEMA Cappa Base, Mr. Olatunbosun Olukolade during the Governor’s inspection visit to the LASEMA Cappa Base, Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, inspecting the men of the State Task Force, while the Task Force Chairman, CSP Saheed Egbeyemi (left), watches during the Governor’s inspection visit to the Safety Arena at Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.
PIX 8351: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (2nd right), inspecting men of the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corp (LNSC), during his inspection visit to the Safety Arena at Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. With him is the Chairman of Safety Corp, Retired A.I.G Isreal Ajao (right).

LNSC

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (2nd right), inspecting men of the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corp (LNSC), during his inspection visit to the Safety Arena at Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. With him is the Chairman of Safety Corp, Retired A.I.G Isreal Ajao (right).

Improve the emergency response standard, Sanwo-Olu charges LASEMA officers

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday said there’s need to rejig the operation of the State’s emergency response team for better performance and service delivery in disaster management.

The Governor who spoke during his visit to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, operational headquarters at Cappa, Oshodi, praised the emergency response personnel for the quality of service the agency rendered, while saying that there was need to raise the standards of its operation in line with best practice. He pledged that his administration would support the agency to deliver on its mandate.

He said:

“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.”

… Sanwo-Olu preaches to maintain professionalism and empathy with duty

The Governor emphasised the need for maintaining professionalism and empathy in the discharge of the agency’s duty, noting that disaster management required promptness and competency to minimise losses.

Sanwo-Olu tasked the emergency workers to work towards reducing their response time by half. He said the government would address the resource gap hindering the agency from taking its service to optimal level.

He added:

“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.”

LASEMA Director General, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, led Governor Sanwo-Olu on an inspection of the equipment used by the agency in its emergency operations. The Governor also inspected the state of facilities in LASEMA Response Unit, LRU, in Alausa.

In the Governor’s entourage were 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.

Gov Sanwo-Olu charges security operatives; make Lagos safe for law-abiding residents

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday charged policemen and security operatives under the State-controlled security outfits not to allow criminals have breathing space in Lagos State.

Sanwo-Olu said the security of lives and property remained the topmost priority of his administration, tasking the security operatives in all formations not to spare any effort in keeping the peace in Lagos.

The Governor spoke during inspections of operation bases of Rapid Response Squad, RRS, in Ikeja and the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit in Oshodi.

Sanwo-Olu said Lagos must not be a safe haven for crimes, directing the officers to maintain constant security surveillance across the state and flush out criminals from their hideouts.

The Governor, however, cautioned the officers against impunity in the discharge of their duties, urging them to carry out their responsibility with humility and interact with residents in manners that would uphold respect for human rights.

Sanwo-Olu inspected the security facilities in company of 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, Deputy Chief of Statt, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo, and the Executive Secretary of Lagos Security Trust Fund, LSTF, Hon. Abdul-Rasaq Balogun.

Also, heads of the security outfits, including the RRS Commander, Olatunji Disu, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, and the Taskforce chairman, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, joined the Governor in the inspection.

Sanwo-Olu said the residents deserved a premium quality of security to justify the resources being committed by the state to fund security agencies’ operations.

He said:

“To whom much is given, much is expected. I want all the people of Lagos to feel the operation of the new improved RRS, which must ensure that criminals and people that have criminal intention do not have a space in communities across the state. We are aware of the efficient operations of our security outfits, but we must raise the bar of policing in our communities to re-assure residents and investors of their security.

“The residents are your partners in securing the state. I want to see humility and respect for people’s rights in the discharge of your duties. Spare no effort in dealing with criminals, but the offenders that deserve correction should be corrected without impunity. Lagosians expect so much from us in terms of improved security; you must make the state safe for law-abiding residents.”

Other security outfits inspected by the Governor included Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigerian Legion Corps, Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps (LSNSC), Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), and Lagos Fire Fighters.