The Lagos State Government on Tuesday announced that it had launched a reality television programme to showcase the efforts and strategies of emergency management agencies before, during and after rescue operations, with the view to deepen safety of lives and property in the State.
The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan told a press conference at Alausa, that the programme, tagged ‘Lagos Rescue’, is also designed to enlighten residents of their responsibilities during emergency situations.
He disclosed that the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, in the last three and half years, had invested massively in safety of lives and property and towards enhancing the activities of emergency management agencies.
In his words, “Lagos Rescue is an initiative of the Lagos State Government to showcase the efforts of the State Emergency Management Agencies at addressing emergencies in order to ensure the safety of lives and property. The programme is also meant to highlight the roles and responsibilities of the citizenry during emergencies for regular smooth operation.
Bamgbetan also said in his spirited efforts to ensure that Lagosians live in peace, and also promote an accident-free society, Mr. Ambode approved the reality programme in view of the many benefits it offers the State. This is in addition to the huge funds regularly allocated to the emergency management agencies to strengthen their capacity to manage an emergency.”
He stressed that everyone had a role to play in emergency rescue operations, saying that the government, as a sensitive and responsible entity, decided to come up with the programme to send the right message to the citizenry.
He stated that the programme would focus majorly on the activities of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), and the Lagos State Fire Service.
He said the Lagos Rescue is people-centric as it will present real-life experiences involving our emergency rescue operations in order to achieve two major objectives of teaching viewers how we go about saving valuable lives of Lagosians and making them identify how they could have prevented casualties that result from such emergency situation.”
The Information Commissioner therefore, urged residents to take advantage of the programme which would be showing on Lagos Television every Sunday by 10:30pm, and also provide valuable feedback through the various social media platforms of the State Government.