DANIELS G. O
LASEMA, Stakeholders Conduct Safety Inspection*
Five days ahead of the partial closure of 3rd Mainland By Friday, 24th July, 2020, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, the Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA and the State’s Safety Commission have conducted a joint inspection of strategic Jetties and terminal to monitor safety procedures.
The action is coming on the heels of a series of meetings between LASEMA and other safety agencies, where the Director general, LASEMA, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, declared LASEMA’s readiness, alongside its first responders who have all been placed on high alert with appropriate equipment to ensure safety while the partial closure lasts.
Oke-Osanyintolu said the collaboration between LASEMA and other Lagos State Safety Agencies involved in the Inspection of Jetties, was a necessary move to ensure implementation of Safety Protocols ahead of this week’s partial closure of the 3rd Mainland Bridge from Friday 24th July, 2020 to 24th January, 2021.
According to Him,The action, is in line with other strategies mapped out by LASEMA for deployment of its trained staff which will be backed by the maximal application of its equipment and supported with appropriate technology to ensure all-round safety of Lagosians on land and water during the period of partial closure of the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge.
During the Joint Inspection of the Jetties the team visited the CMS terminal, Ebute-Ero Marina, both on Lagos Island and Bariga Waterfront Jetty, in Ilaje area of Bariga.
The LASEMA Director-General while speaking at the Bariga Waterfront Jetty in Ilaje-Bariga, stated that the joint inspection was aimed at ensuring that all the operators abide by the stipulated safety regulations.
He reiterated that night journeys would not be permitted, just as he advised residents to cooperate with government to ensure smooth operation and at the same time reduce the anticipated stress the partial closure of the 3rd Mainland Bridge would cause commuters.
The LASEMA DG stated that boat operators would maintain stipulated capacity and ensure they have the mandatory Life Buoys, adding that the agency would position its Ambulances and Rescue Boats at strategic locations in conjunction with the Lagos State Waterways Authority while its Marine Unit will maintain a 24-hour watch especially between the peak periods of 6:30am and 7:00pm daily.