The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has commissioned the Safety Arena in Bolade Oshodi, housing over 12 departments and agencies responsible for safety and emergency management in the State.
Speaking on the development, Ambode said it would engender better synergy among them and a significant improvement in the response time to most safety and emergency issues.
“By providing ‘The Safety Arena’, we are not only institutionalizing inter-agency co-operation and collaboration but we are moving our emergency response mechanism to a new level with a more robust approach to emergency rescue through improved coordination and faster response time.
“Let me assure you that we are not only determined to institutionalize inter-agency collaboration but we are equally desirous of improving the inter-sectorial cooperation and synergy for Emergency Responders required for an effective Incident Management System,” he said.
While charging management and staff to sustain the existing synergy among the various safety and emergency agencies, Governor Ambode urged them to desist from treating residents inhumanly, warning that professional misconduct would not be tolerated.
Meanwhile, also in Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, Ambode commissioned the Lagos State Girls’ Junior Model College in Agunfoye, Igbogbo – Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland.
Ambode also commissioned newly constructed block of 20 classrooms with state-of-the-art facilities at Anglican Primary School, Isawo, Lagos Mainland.
Commenting on this, Ambode said the resolve of his administration was to make qualitative education available and accessible to every child of school age in the State.
The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, said the opportunity being provided for children at the foundational stage with massive investment in education in the State, was crucial to the development of the country and as well designed to mould them into better individuals.
Governor Ambode said it was gratifying that the huge investment in education by his administration was already yielding positive results as evidenced by the improved students’ performance in examinations, national/international competitions, as well as improved morals and confidence in public speaking.
Besides, the Governor said the unveiling of the new Model College was another statement of his intention to take the education sector to a higher level and expand opportunities for girl child education.
The new college, which increased the number of Model Colleges in the State to 31, is equipped with 9 ultra-modern classrooms, library, laboratory, computer room, toilets and conducive offices for teachers, among others.