Lagos State Government has purchased eight life raft boats and other rescue equipment for rescue operations during flood disaster and boat mishap in the state.General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu announced this, Thursday, during a stakeholders’ meeting with the officers of the Nigerian Merchant Navy in Alausa, Ikeja.
Oke-Osanyintolu explained that the government purchased the new equipment to improve response to emergency issues, especially flood cases in the state.
It will be recalled that the National Meteorological Agency, NIMET, predicted that the state would experience heavy rainfall on 275 days in 2013.
Oke-Osanyintolu said “this will afford the state government search and rescue team in partnership with the officers of the Nigerian Merchant Navy to rescue residents whenever such disaster occurs in the state.”
Commandant of the Nigerian Merchant Navy, Lagos, Lt. Sunny Oyeyipo blamed lack of adequate equipment for the loss of lives and property the country suffered in flood incidents in the country.
He said: “If officers of the Nigerian Merchant Navy in Lagos and other parts of the country have adequate flood rescue equipments, the state will not suffer any loss.”
Oyeyipo lamented that lack of equipments had rendered the 1, 500 officers in the state unproductive.