The Lagos State government has said it will install 13,000 more surveillance cameras around the metropolis to improve the Monitoring and Surveillance Unit of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Adesina Tiamiyu disclosed this in a meeting on Tuesday with all the Heads of Emergency Response Team (ERT) at Alausa Secretaria.

He said: “Over 13,000 Cameras will be installed in the major flash points across the State.

“This means that the Agency, apart from calls from Lagosians to report emergency cases, analysts can adequately monitor from the Command and Control Centre activities across the State to activate emergency response where and when necessary. These combined efforts can only make Lagos safer.”

The General Manager also disclosed that His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the establishment of additional three Dispatch centres at Lekki, Ikorodu Road and Badagry.

“This will complement the existing dispatch points located at the LASEMA Response Unit, Cappa Oshodi and the Command and Control Centre, Alausa, thereby improving the response time of emergency management in the State,” he said.

Mr. Tiamiyu also stated that the Agency is stepping up the activities of Monitoring and Surveillance Unit in preventing and mitigating against unnecessary loss of life and property.

He added: “The operation will include monitoring and surveillance activities in domestic, industrial and public facilities in the state which is a paradigm shift from the orthodox strategy of waiting for emergency to occur and then respond,”

He noted that this was a practical way to reduce emergency/disasters “thereby reducing the huge expenses borne by the state government on emergency intervention and relief assistance to victims of various emergencies in the State.”

Tiamiyu urged the public to partner with the government in mitigating, preventing and reducing hazards, risks and vulnerability by ensuring that distress calls on emerging hazards and risks are relayed to the Agency through the toll-free line 112/767.

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