The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, says it will begin digital Biometric collection of all residents in flood prone areas to adequately ensure their safety during heavy rains.
This will also help the State government to plan ahead for conducive relief camps in case of any emergency.
Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Femi Osanyintolu-Oke, said this during a Road Show on Flood Awareness Campaign organised to strengthen the Local Emergency Management Committee on disaster management.
Dr Osanyintolu-Oke mentioned that the sensitisation campaign was necessary to educate Lagos residents on the danger inherent in blocking waterways and drainages across the State.
He noted that the present administration in the State was not taking the prediction of heavy flood by the Nigerian Metrological Agency NIMET for granted, hence the need for proactive steps to combat it whenever it occurs in Lagos with assurance that all hands are on deck in the Agency and other stakeholders.
“Today is another critical milestone in Lagos State after predictions of NIMET that we are vulnerable to flood.
We want to sensitise the citizens of Lagos on how to well prepared and mitigate flood in the State. The adminstration of Governor Sanwo-Olu has placed safety of lives and properties paramount to one of his agenda and we need to ensure safety of our people and liase with all key stakeholders that manage emergency in Lagos State to achieve this,” he explained.
The LASEMA boss appealed to those living in flood prone areas to avail themselves for the biometrics in their local governments and urged them to clean and protect their environment against flood.
According to him “The essence of the biometric is to ensure that we have data in place so that we will know the numbers of our citizens that are vulnerable to flood and we can be able to ensure their safety.”
He mentioned that the State government has put in measures to ameliorate the situation of flooding whenever it arises, as he urged residents to be responsible for their lives.
The sensitisation campaign attracted other sisters agencies which include
The Red Cross, Nigeria Immigration, Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Lagos State TASKFORCE, Nigerian Civil Defence and the Nigerian Police.