The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, today
commenced a road show sensitisation programme to counsel
residents on the need to be more cautious in their daily activities
and adhere to basic safety rules in order to keep at bay the
increased level of emergency occurrences.
The General Manager of LASEMA, Mr. Tiamiyu Adesina, who led
the awareness campaign that kicked off at the Lagos State House
of Assembly, Alausa Ikeja, also urged residents to take advantage
of the Lagos State Emergency Toll-Free Lines – 767/112.
He explained that the awareness campaign was embarked upon to
further enlighten members of the public on the use of 767 and 112
and also reassure the public of the functionality of the numbers.
Adesina said that the Agency had, over the years, observed the
skyrocketing rate of emergency situations towards end of the year
across the State and thus decided to increase its sensitisation of
the toll-free emergency numbers 767 and 112 as a way of fast-
tracking help for residents of the State who might find themselves
in one form of distress or the other.
There is the need for us to demystify the wrong notion popularly
attributed to the ember months. While we are aware that there is
nothing peculiar or special about this period, we are also mindful
of the fact that the rate of emergency occurrences during this
period is usually high because people are more desperate and full
of anxiety during end of the year; this is why we are appealing to
our people to take things easy during this period,” the General
The General Manager assured Lagosians of prompt response to
any form of emergency by LASEMA officials in conjunction with all
its relevant stakeholders, saying that all the emergency responders
now enjoy a better working relationship in bringing succour and
respite to people in need.
He revealed that based on greater awareness among Lagosians,
the number of calls received by the two major State emergency
numbers has increased to about 90,000 on a daily basis.
Adesina pleaded with users of the toll-free emergency numbers to
restrict the use of the lines for emergency purposes alone in order
give genuine callers the opportunity of accessing the numbers
Speaking on the preparedness of the Agency to swiftly respond to
emergency situations during the yuletide period, the General
Manager stated that the Agency had already mapped out plans to
occupy some major areas across the State with its equipment and
officials, saying “we are practically relocating our offices to the
streets of Lagos”.
I appeal to residents of the State in general not to lose hope,
regardless of the situation of this country; people should not allow
depression to set into their lives. We have a lot of people that have
risen from grass to grace because they did not lose hope. Anyone
going through one challenge or the other should confide in
someone; they should seek help and not be silent” he counselled.
He also called on members of the public to extend a hand of love,
brotherliness and good neighbourliness to people around them,
especially during the festive season.