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2,169 displaced by collapsed building, fire disasters in Lagos

Posted: Apr 24, 2015 at 1:16 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Ekene Okoro/ Snr. Correspondent, Lagos
No fewer than 2,169 people were displaced after a number of disasters in Lagos State between January 1, 2014 and January 14, 2015, the state government has disclosed.
Commissioner for Special Duties, Wale Ahmed, and the general manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, disclosed this at a ministerial briefing on Thursday.
Ahmed explained that 1,662 persons were displaced in 2014 while 507 were displaced in 2015.
He said, “The state government disbursed N35,319,000 as financial assistance to victims of disasters in 2014 while N17,422,900 was expended on the feeding and provision of relief materials for the displaced persons during the year under review, and N43,612,000 was expended on procuring personal protective equipment for the agency personnel and the 57 local emergency management committees.”
 Oke-Osanyintolu added that 800 victims were transferred to the Agbowa and Igando relief camps in Ikorodu and Alimosho local government councils in 2014, adding that, “At this centres, the state government worked on the psyche and social welfare of the internally displaced persons (IDPs).”
He noted that the state government often embarked on simulation exercise to improve on response time to disasters, saying “Through this, we discovered that there is need for construction of heliports in the relief camps and hospitals. And we have done this.”
The state government disclosed that it received 356,000 distress calls and responded to 90 percent (328,500) of the calls promptly.
Among the distressed calls were 10 vehicular accidents and the collapsed building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Alimosho Local Government.