Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to adopt workable strategies and collaboration between government and all emergency stakeholders including the general public, in order to reduce the spate of emergencies and disasters.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who stated this yesterday at a stakeholders meeting on public advocacy for the prevention, mitigation and rescue of emergency occurrence, said the increase in emergency cases across the country demands that new approach and strategies be evolved to reverse the trend.
Ambode, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, disclosed that the present administration is developing a robust Emergency Response Plan by expanding the scope of the Local Emergency Management Committee at local governments and local council development areas.
The governor said as part of proactive strategies, the state government has commenced the construction of a third Relief Camp in Ibeju Lekki to complement the already completed ones at Agbowa and Igando.
While promising that the present administration is committed to ensuring a safer Lagos for everyone, Ambode maintained that government will diligently consider and implement all credible suggestions.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relation, Mr. Seye Oladejo, said the forum was convened to draw the attention of the general public to causes of emergencies, disasters and proffer possible solutions.
He said the unique position of the state as the economic and financial nerve centre of the country makes it vulnerable to emergency and disaster occurrences like air crashes, boat mishaps, traffic accidents, collapsed buildings and fire incidents amongst others.
Oladejo also invited Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, to partner with the state government towards attaining the vision of a safe Lagos for all.
The meeting featured presentations from stakeholders including the State Fire Service, State Safety Commission, Ministry of the Environment, Rapid Response Squad, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and the State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA.

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