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Lagos Govt records 43 collapse building, 990 accidents from 2023 emergency report

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Lagos State Government has disclosed that no fewer than 43 buildings collapsed and over 900 road and tanker accidents were recorded within the last 15 months across metropolis.

Aside from that, it said that nine explosion cases were recorded with eight as gas explosions that claimed lives and property worth millions of Naira.

Within this period, the government added that five boat mishaps and four suicide cases were responded to by its Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) led by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu.

The Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Gbenga Oyerinde, disclosed this on Monday while reeling out achievements of the ministry especially as regards efforts to save lives and property in the state.

Oyerinde said: “Specifically, between January 1, 2023, and March 31, 2024, LASEMA responded to 1,906 incidents. This comprises 1,461 incidents in 2023 and 445 incidents in the first quarter of 2024”.

He noted that the numbers could have been higher but the continuous enlightenment campaign by LASEMA officials and swift response to emergencies reduced the numbers.

“The analysis of incidents during the reviewed period reveals that LASEMA responded to 798 truck and tanker related emergency cases with 519 as accidents, 19 fallen containers, 221 broke down, 47 tankers fell and 11 others.

“For road accidents, which is ranked the second, of the 507 cases, 471 were vehicle accidents, 19 fallen containers, and 17 others.

“During this period, 43 buildings collapsed with 19 totally collapsed, two impending collapses, 17
partial collapses, and five others.

“LASEMA also responded to explosions with one on pipeline while eight others were gas explosions recorded across the state.

“The agency also performs its emergency duties on waterways to ensure safety and that was why they responded to one case of flooding and five boat mishaps during this period”.

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