The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA says it will continue to improve on its quality of service in the area of disaster management through a coordinated effort.
Director General, LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said this at the 2019 retreat for the staff of the agency in Lagos.
Osanyintolu said that there was a need to achieve maximum cohesion amongst staff for optimal performance despite all extraneous challenges facing disaster management in the State.
He explained that the 2019 retreat with a theme: “LASEMA expectations and challenges, working better together,” would provide a much needed platform to reiterate the obvious need for a reinforced partnership and better cohesion within members of staff and between all Stakeholders involved in the Emergency Management Services of Lagos State.
“Cohesion amongst staff is very key to achieving all-round success by LASEMA. With its staff strength of less than one hundred and fifty personnel, providing extremely sensitive life-saving services to an estimated Lagos population of over 23.5 million people is crucial. This means its staff must not only be well trained with skills horned to the nines for optimal performance, LASEMA staff must as a matter of survival, be well bonded to think and act as ONE especially during operations knowing that during emergencies, every second counts” he said.
Delivery of mandate
He stressed that the summit, would also afford the agency an opportunity of in-depth review and plan for all the various Departments, Units as well as all staff of LASEMA, to strengthen their collective roles in the prevention, preparedness, management, mitigation, response and recovery in emergencies and disasters.
LASEMA boss maintained that the State government under the leadership of Babajide Sanwo-Olu has put in necessary measures to ensure that the agency delivers on its mandate in disaster management to 20 Local governments and 37 local Council development Areas of the State.
According to him, “Disaster management around the world is usually a joint effort of relevant Stakeholders with the active support of communities and the entire populace towards protection of lives and properties.
”This protection also extends to the emergency responders, as it should exclude hostilities to responders during recoveries or search and rescue operations.”
He said to overcome these daunting challenges, there was decentralization of the agency which led to the creation of the three zones in each of the three Senatorial Districts as well as three Units to further extend the operations of the agency.
Osanyintolu however advocated for a platform for effective emergency/disaster management at the community level, where communities and the grassroots people become sufficiently equipped, sensitized and enlightened on issues of emergencies/disasters prevention, response and management.