In a bid to share inter-state knowledge on emergency management, the Akwa Ibom State Emergency Management Agency Team is in Lagos on a three-day field visit.
The three-day visit, which commenced on Monday, 20th November to end on Wednesday, 22nd November, 2023, is to enable the Akwa Ibom team, understudy the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA.
During the welcome tour at the LASEMA Control Centre in Alausa, the Permanent Secretary, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, said cases of casualty in Lagos emergencies has reduced drastically due to the investment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu’s administration in rescue operations.
Dr Oke-Osanyintolu who attributed the successes recorded in Lagos Emergency Management Agency to the collaborative efforts of all first responders in the State, which include LASTMA, Fire service, RRS and Ambulance service, urged the Akwa Ibom team to replicate local emergency team at the grassroots.
Giving an overview of LASEMA’s Operations, the Director, Operations and Maintenance of the Agency, Engr. Olatunde Akinsanya, noted that the Agency operates in two key strategic levels with offices located in three Senatorial Districts of the State for swift and efficient response system.
On his part, the Akwa Ibom Emergency Team lead, Mr John Isangedighi, said the choice of coming to Lagos to understudy LASEMA was due to the success stories and being adjudged as the best nationwide.
Mr Isangedighi who admitted that Akwa Ibom does not have a functional emergency management system, promised that the Governor Bassey Eno’s administration will ensure that knowledge gained from LASEMA is conceptualized and replicated in Akwa Ibom State.
In addition, the Delegates were taken on tour of the Agency’s state-of-the-art facilities at the Relief/Resettlement Centre, LASU-Igando Road, Igando and the equipment hub of the Agency, Cappa Base, Oshodi.