Lagosians lose N12.8bn prop­er­ties to fire – Govt

The Punch - - PHOTO NEWS - Se­san Olu­fowobi

THE La­gos State Gov­ern­ment on Mon­day said prop­er­ties worth n12.8bn were lost to fire tragedies, while prop­er­ties worth n76.9bn were saved from de­struc­tion in 980 fire calls be­tween May 2017 and April 2018.

The gov­ern­ment also said no fewer than 84 peo­ple were lost to the in­ci­dents.

The Com­mis­sioner for Spe­cial Du­ties and In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Re­la­tions, Mr. Olus­eye Oladejo, stated this at the on­go­ing 2018 Min­is­te­rial Press Brief­ing, adding that out of 1,282 emer­gency calls re­ceived dur­ing the pe­riod under re­view, 980 were fire calls.

He said, “Within the pe­riod under re­view, the state gov­ern­ment re­ha­bil­i­tated and up­graded 225 fire hy­drants that were ini­tially be­low ground level and in­stalled 50 new ones to link the mini/mi­cro water­works in the state. The hy­drants have been pro­vid­ing easy ac­cess to wa­ter sup­ply for fire­men dur­ing fire­fight­ing and res­cue op­er­a­tions.”

The com­mis­sioner said plans had been con­cluded to com­mence the re­moval of all aban­doned ve­hi­cles on roads, adding that the move was aimed at ad­dress­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion and avert­ing se­cu­rity chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with aban­doned ve­hi­cles.

“In line with the plan, the gover­nor has ap­proved the cre­ation of a ve­hi­cle re­cov­ery unit to solely see to the re­moval of aban­doned and ac­ci­dent ve­hi­cles on roads.

“For the smooth take-off of the unit, the gover­nor also di­rected that equip­ment and tow­ing trucks of var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties be pro­cured to be able to re­move ve­hi­cles of what­ever make and size,” he added.

Oladejo also said the La­gos State Safety Com­mis­sion, as part of its drive to im­prove safety in the state, had es­tab­lished a safety train­ing in­sti­tute to en­sure con­tin­u­ous ca­pac­ity build­ing for safety stake­hold­ers in pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors.

The com­mis­sioner said the neigh­bour­hood and Safety Corps had been in­ter­act­ing with res­i­dents so as to en­trench the prin­ci­ples of com­mu­nity polic­ing in the state.

“This was demon­strated through the in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with stake­hold­ers at Iko­rodu to curb the ac­tiv­i­ties of the crim­i­nal gangs known as Badoo,” he added.

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