Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has expressed his administration’s readiness to set up a Safety Commission that would be working closely with relevant safety agencies to ensure maximum protection of lives and property in the State.
Governor Abiodun, who disclosed this at the 2020 World Civil Defence Day celebration, with the theme; ‘’Civil Defence and First Aid in Every Home”, held at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto Abeokuta, said the safety commission would be the first point of call for protection.
Represented by his Deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, the Governor said the Commission would be going round schools, public gatherings and offices in the State to educate people on first aid emergency procedures, fire alarm, smoke detector, noting that all the moves were aimed at making sure that emergency situations and accidents were better managed in the State.
“We have been working on how to strengthen our emergency management in the state and this involves the State Emergency Management Authority (SEMA) bill going to the House of Assembly, so that it can be assented to, in order to have a very coordinated and precise ways of addressing disaster and emergency”.
According to him, ‘’we will also be having Local Emergency Management Committee in every Local Government, involving the Chairmen, heads of security agencies in the Local Government Areas, Medical Officers and other relevant stakeholders, which will act as first respondents and people with local knowledge”, he said.
While congratulating the Corps on this year’s anniversary, he said the State government looked forward to work closely with the Corps than before in delivering first aid in every home.
Earlier in his welcome address, the State Commander, Hamed Abodunrin, said the World Civil Defence Day 2020 was aimed at ensuring that at least a member of each family should be able to provide help in emergency cases, which required them to be familiar with the notions of first aid and ambulance services.
Highlight of the event was the inspection of parade and presentation of scholarship to deserving students by the Governor.