Nigeria: Lagos launches Marine Rescue Units for safety of water commuters
London, Jan. 19, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA has set up a Marine Rescue Units to combat incident of boat mishap and other water related disasters.
The emergency agency restated it’s commitment to ensure safety of the people, particularly commuters on the roads and waterways.
Speaking at the launch, the Director General of the agency, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said that the agency was equipped to commence operations, as critical stakeholders would be engaged for successful operations.
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Oke-Osanyintolu said that the Marine Rescue Unit would also be replicated in other four locations and to be supported by other mini Offices in about 26 Water Jetties across the State.
“Three-quarters of Lagos State is made up of water body, we have efficient, effective waterway authority, but today we are opening our Marine Rescue Unit.
“Our Sharks Base will be the headquarters of the Marine Rescue Unit of LASEMA while we will be operating from four jetties namely: Ikorodu, Ijegun-Egba, Ilaje-Bariga and Lekki. In Lagos, we have 26 jetties and 5 terminals and over 100 operators.
“We have over 70,000 computers using the waterways daily while 1.5million people use our waterways monthly. Fifteen out of our 57 local government are assessible through the waterways. So, we want to ensure that our people travel through the waterways safely,” he explained.
Emergencies on Waterways
Beyond managing emergencies on the waterways, Osanyintolu also explained that the agencies had acquired drones to monitor happenings on the waterways with a view to ensure quicker response.
According to him, “Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu has purchased sophisticated equipment. We now have rescue boats, ambulance boats to deploy to ensure that we have safety on our waterways. We have heavy-duty equipment and lightduty equipment on top of waterways and roads to ensure safety of lives of over 20million estimated residents are safe.”
The agency however assured residents and commuters using the State waterways, that water transportation was now safer in Lagos with the procurement of rescue boats for emergency incidences on water.
Highlight of the event was the simulation exercise from the Marine Rescue team which was done to the admiration of guests and the public.