In a direct response to the recent boat mishap at Ilashe in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, the Lagos State Government has deployed two jet skis to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has taken delivery of two jet skis to ensure speedy response to accidents on the waterways.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who deployed the jet skis to LASEMA, promised to give the agency patrol boats.
LASEMA General Manager, Adesina Tiamiyu, announced the development at a retreat for workers yesterday, Thursday, August 24, 2017.
Tiamiyu also said that LASEMA units would be opened at Fadeyi and Badagry soon, adding that modalities had been set up for the establishment of a base for all the agency’s stakeholders at Epe.
Charging them to acquire swimming skills and overcome water phobia, he said they had no reason to fail, given the huge investments the governor had made in emergency management since 2015.
“Setting up waterway emergency rescue is no tea party. A lot of planning has to go into it. We need the equipment and operators, who would go into the water to do the job. We need divers and they have specific gears they must wear, which are costly and not sourced locally.
“So, these are things we have been doing behind the scenes. I am happy to announce that LASEMA is now in possession of two jet skis to be deployed on accident spots on the waterways. A jet ski can carry two people at a time, the driver and a diver. So, whenever there is an accident at sea, we would use them to move divers quickly to the spot so that lives could be saved,” he said.
He added that: “We have made demands for boats and the governor has challenged us to go and bring a bill. He told us quite frankly that such casualties as recorded at Ilase Island last Sunday should not happen in Lagos again.
“We should be able to quickly respond when there is a boat accident. Though Lagos is bordered by water and the distance from one point to the other is far, we can try and ensure that help gets to any victim of boat accident irrespective of their location.”
Meanwhile, Tiamiyu said considerable progress had been made to take LASEMA nearer to the people, adding that plans were underway to create local emergency management committees across the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
“We are planning in the coming years to ensure that emergency response is taken to the nooks and crannies of Lagos. The first step towards that is to get the local governments involved, which we have started already.
“We are going to local governments to create local emergency management committees, who would be saddled with the responsibility of tackling emergency within the local government before we get there,” he said.