Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lagos House Plans Emergency Telephone Numbers

LAGOS - The Lagos State House of Assembly has held a public hearing over the proposed Emergency Command and Control Centre.

Commenting on the bill, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security, and Publicity, Hon Segun Olulade, explained that the purpose of the centre is to provide emergency telephone numbers for members of the public in times of emergency. He listed the numbers as 676,112.

He added that the centre is to facilitate quick and efficient response to accidents, emergencies and disasters.
He expantiated that the centre is also to educate the public on the use of emergency telephone lines and to adopt appropriate measures to prevent the misuse of the centre’s facilities.

Hon. Olulade asserted that safety is a very important aspect of life, explaining that both at home, out on the road, at school or at work place.  He added,

“The goal of the emergency response and control centre is to protect the health and safety of emergency responders and public at large”.

Deputy speaker, Hon. Kolawole Taiwo, who stood in for the Speaker, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji said public hearing is a ritual of the House.

He disclosed that the state would construct the centre with tax payer’s fund, revealing that the most important function of the House is legitimizing.

Giving overview of the bill, Barrister Olufunke Oluwole explained that the bill is a bold step by the House in handling emergency situation.

She remarked,

“There is established centre to be known as the Lagos State Emergency Command and Control centre”.

She explained that it will be a body corporate, with perpetual succession and common seal. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Dolapo Odutolu, disclosed, “We must be ready for litigation when the centre is legalized”.

Also speaking, Dr. Olufemi Oke, said,
“No proper dissemination of information, that is why the centre is created”.

However, Mr. Author Worrey the Executive Secretary, Police Trust Fund said “When the centre is legitimatized, it can be exposed to suit because it becomes a legal entity”.

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