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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.

PHOTO NEWS: Deputy Governor Hamzat receives UK Minister of State of Africa, Foreign Commonwealth office

Lagos State has been said to benefit from £38 million United Kingdom mobile development programme which led to the visit of Harriett Baldwin to the State House.

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Hamzat and Baldwin

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (right), presenting a souvenir to the UK Minister of State for Africa, Foreign Commonwealth Office and Minister of State for Department of International Development, Rt. Hon. Harriett Baldwin during a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Obafemi Hamzat and Harrieth Baldwin

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, flanked by the UK Minister of State for Africa, Foreign Commonwealth Office and Minister of State for Department of International Development, Rt. Hon. Harriett Baldwin (left) and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Folasade Jaji (right) in a group photograph with officials of the Lagos State Government and the British High Commission during a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Hamzat and Baldwin

L-R: British Deputy High Commissioner, Harratt Thompson; UK Minister of State for Africa, Foreign Commonwealth Office and Minister of State for Department of International Development, Rt. Hon. Harriett Baldwin; Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Folashade Jaji during a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

£38 million UK mobile development programme to benefit Lagos State

Owing to its socio-economic and political significance as the commercial nerve centre of the country and sixth largest economy in Africa, Lagos State Government is to benefit from the United Kingdom £38m extended programme on mobile for development in Nigeria.

This was disclosed today by the United Kingdom Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign Commonwealth Office who also doubles as Minister of State for Department for International Development, Harriett Baldwin during a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat in his Alausa Office.

According to the Minister, the Mobile for development programme is to enable a lot of people access financial services through their mobile phones and buy things like solar system for their homes and businesses.

She added that owing to the significant impact of the programme on the people, the UK government is extending the programme to further affect positively the lives of other twenty-seven million people around world including many in Lagos noting that the programme was exactly designed to absolutely impact the grassroot.

In addition, she said, the programme would enable women in the market to use the financial services in investing in solar fridges, solar freezers and something that will really help them in their homes in areas where they dont have access to reliable electricity.

It will also help everyone with the ambition to ensure that they are able buy health insurance and mobile financial services is the future, emphasizing that Lagos is very often at the cutting edge of some of this investment in technology which is why the UK Government is basing our science and technology centre in Lagos.

Describing Lagos as amazing and vibrant city, Baldwin noted that the UK government is willing to learn from some of the state’s innovation and share some of theirs.

Responding, the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat assured the United kingdom team that Lagos State Government is set to collaborate with their government in any area that will be of immense benefit to the good people of the state.

While emphasizing that the programme is an extension, Dr. Hamzat stated that the state government will embark on sensitizing her citizens to understand the benefits of the programme and take advantage of it.

He added: “With the population advantage of Lagos, any developmental programme embarked upon would be of great benefits to the residents by empowering them. This would also be of imminence benefits to every Nigerian and foreigners based in the state’’, said Hamzat who expressed gratitude to the visiting team.