LAGOS STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY DEVELOPS DOCUMENT ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION POLICY
Written by Oyebamiji Idowu on January 24, 2024
Building a city that can weather any storm – that’s the ambitious vision behind the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency’s (LASEMA) groundbreaking initiative: the Disaster Risk Reduction Policy and Framework for Emergency Management Fund. This comprehensive document charts a course towards a safer and more resilient Lagos, reducing the impact of disasters and creating a smart city with robust institutions.
Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, spearheads the charge. He emphasizes the urgency of building strong partnerships across stakeholders in the emergency response sector, recognizing collaboration as the cornerstone of effective disaster management. His goal is clear: minimizing loss of life and property for individuals, communities, and businesses by 2030.
But how will this be achieved? Risk consultant Dr. Olajide Sobande offers a crucial insight. He urges LASEMA, as the central coordinating agency, to develop a clear operational framework and guidelines. This framework, built on a foundation of mitigation, preparedness, and prevention, will shift the focus from reactive emergency response to proactive risk reduction, ultimately minimizing the strain on emergency resources.
The proposed Emergency Management Fund plays a vital role in this shift. Stakeholders from both government and non-governmental organizations commend the initiative, highlighting the need for dedicated resources to support disaster prevention and preparedness efforts. They also emphasize the importance of clearly defined roles for different actors and comprehensive data gathering, ensuring a united front against potential threats.
The road ahead may be long, but with this comprehensive plan and a collaborative spirit, Lagos is taking a bold step towards a more resilient future. By prioritizing prevention and minimizing risk, the city paves the way for a safer, more secure environment for all its residents. This is not just a plan for disaster management; it’s a vision for a city that can stand tall in the face of any storm.
Source: Jordan105.5fm News Bulletin.