Lagos State government on Wednesday said that the State Fire Services and other emergency agencies in the state salvaged property worth N138.54bn from destruction in the state between May 2019 and April 2021.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Engr Tayo Bamgbose-Martins who disclosed this at the ongoing Ministerial briefing to mark Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s second year in office lamented that properties worth N24.69bn and 113 people were lost to fire incidents in the state.
Commenting on the ministry’s effort to combat fire and other disasters in the State, he stated, “In the last two years, the Lagos Government had successfully saved an estimated worth of properties amounting to N138.54bn.
“A total number of 2,309 fire and other related emergency calls were also attended to in the last two years.
“10 percent out of the 1,899 fire outbreaks that occurred in the State were also reduced.”
According to him, “The State Fire and Rescue Service in the last two years recorded landmark achievements, largely due to the tremendous support and encouragement received from the state government led by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”
Also speaking during the briefing, the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola disclosed that the commission registered over 6,000 facilities before they commenced operations amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.
He added that the agency issued 4,250 events safety clearances and shot 450 clubs, bars, restaurants, event centres that violated COVID-19 protocols.
Mojola further disclosed that the commission prosecuted 720 people for COVID-19 violations in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, as well deployed 1,200 safety marshals to event Centres.