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Lagos unveils new fire stations

The Lagos State Government has unveiled three newly-constructed fire service stations and upgraded the headquarters of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue service in Ikeja.

The new fire stations are situated at Ebute Elefun in Lagos Island Council Area, Ajegunle in Ajeromi Ifelodun LCDA and Oniru in Iru Victoria Island LCDA.

Inaugurating the Fire stations simultaneously from the Ebute-Elefun station, Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu said his administration had planned to build six additional fire stations in line with the vision of making Lagos a 21st-century economy, and urged residents to take ownership.

The Governor said: “We are convinced that the construction of these new Fire Stations will allow us a quicker response time in the event of emergencies and we can cover the nooks and crannies of the State and be ready in case of any eventualities.”

The Oniru Fire Station was named in honour of the Iru Monarch, Oba Gbolahan Lawal.

The traditional ruler commended the Sanwo-Olu administration for siting the fire station in Iru, putting an end to dependence by the people of Iruland on the Marina and Chevron fire stations during fire outbreaks.

Oba Gbolahan Lawal urged corporate organisations within the environs to adopt the fire station as well as support the officers to ensure longevity of the Station and equipment.

The Iru-Victoria Island Council Chairman, Princess Rashidat Adu, who also commended the Governor, promised that as the closest arm of government to the grassroots, she and her team would take it upon themselves to educate the people, especially market men and women, on fire preventive measures.

The Special Adviser to the Governor in the ministry, Mobolaji Ogunlende, said the need for the new fire stations was conceived to overcome the challenge of distance and quicken the response time of service, while the rehabilitated ones would bring a new work place experience to fire officers.

Giving a briefing on the project, the General Manager of the State Fire and Rescue service, Margaret Adeseye, hinted that the newly-constructed fire service stations would serve a population of over 5 million residents with 62 fire-fighting vehicles, adding that over 500 newly-recruited personnel will be unveiled in Ikeja on Thursday.

Reporting by Omolara Omosanya; Editing by Tony Okerafor and Omotola Oguneye