The Lagos State Government, through the Lagos State Infrastructure Asset Management Agency (LASIAMA), has taken up the initiative to rehabilitate its 14 Fire Service Stations, all of which were previously in a bad shape.
The objectives are to achieving the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration’s THEMES Agenda, improve the response time to emergency, boost staff productivity, create employment opportunity, contribute to the growth of the economy, and ensure that the Lagos State Fire Service (LSFS) is among the top fire services in the world.
Adenike Adekannbi, General Manager of LASIAMA, said that following the government decision to rejuvenate the LSFS, an assessment of the stations revealed inherent challenges related to water, power, facilities, and untidy state of environment, all leading to a lack of productivity.
According to her, rehabilitation work has progressed impressively and currently stands at 80% to 90% completion.
Rehabilitation work, she added, is prioritising access to water as LASIAMA had observed that either boreholes were not working, or water storage tanks were leaking.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, apart from approving the infrastructure renewal of all Fire Stations in the state including the headquarters at Alausa, was specific on ensuring, at the end of the day, the improvement of the stations’ response time to emergencies.
Commending the governor, Margret Abimbola, Director, LSFS, said that such an extensive work never happened in the system since she joined the service over 20 years ago.
She described the investment as an illustration of the importance that the governor ascribes to ensuring the security of lives and property, adding that the focus is to ensure that there is a Fire Station in all the local governments for proximity to the scene of fire incident.
She stated that the Service has received government support by way of state-of-the-art equipment, capacity building, allowances, and several other resources to enable them to perform better.