Residents of Lagos West Senatorial District showered praises on the state’s Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) for educating them on actions to take during an emergency.
LASEMA’s General Manager Adesina Tiamiyu, who led representatives of other stakeholders for the campaign, said it was necessary because of the massive investments Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had made in the sector.
Traders and road users danced as LASEMA launched its road show to enlighten Lagos residents about emergency toll free hotlines 767 and 112 as well as the need to call the numbers for urgent intervention.
The campaign, which kicked off at the LASEMA Response Unit (LRU) at CAPPA, passed through Iyana-Ipaja to Ijanikin in Ojo, covering the Badagry Expressway, Oshodi-Apapa Expressway and terminating at the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Aside the toll free numbers campaign, LASEMA also educated the residents on the need to be cautious and prevent wild fires during harmattan.
Heavy duty equipment the government bought for emergency services were showcased.
Firefighters also carried out simulations to teach the residents how to contain fires.
Referring to the Command and Control Centre at Alausa in Ikeja, the state capital, Tiamiyu said the place was equipped for distress calls – from accidents, fire outbreaks, collapsed buildings, rape, domestic violence, among others – for quick intervention.
He solicited the cooperation of the residents, particularly motorists during the campaign, saying the agency would engage on road show across the state.
“This will help to sensitize the public on safety and emergency issues, such as the use of the emergency toll free numbers, and necessary steps to take to avoid emergencies, which most times lead to unnecessary loss of valuable lives and properties.”
Urging parents to monitor their wards against indiscriminate use of the toll free numbers, the LASEMA chief said necessary disciplinary actions would be taken against those who give false alerts.
He added that the campaigned would be embarked on across the state, adding that branded souvenirs would be distributed to appreciate residents.
“We have gone round Lagos West Senatorial District today; we will move to Lagos Central and the East senatorial districts. We want to ensure we touch all the nooks and crannies of Lagos.”
“The awareness will help to sensitize the public on safety and emergency issues and the use of the emergency toll free numbers for necessary steps to take to avoid disasters.
“The code number 112 is limited to Lagos and some boundary communities in Ogun State. The 112/767 are popular but we want to get them deeper into the hearts of our mothers, fathers, uneducated and farmers who do not know about these numbers.”
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Special Duties, Mrs Adebumi Adekanye, said the campaign was targeted at those at the grassroots to prepare them ahead of the harmattan.
She said: “As the harmattan weather approaches, we want our people to know that they do not need credit in their phones to call the lines. It is totally free and can be reached at any time of the day. We are out to prevent and mitigate disasters in the state.”