DISASTER MANAGEMENT, ELECTORAL VALUES AND GOOD GOVERNANCE; LAGOS CP MEETS NEMA, INEC
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has met with the State Acting Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mr Ibrahim Farinloye and the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), Mr Sam Olumekun, in his Ikeja office on Thursday, at different occasions.
The meetings, which were propelled by the yearnings and aspirations of the Commissioner of Police to be proactive and brainstorm with the leaders of the two vital Federal Government agencies on protection of lives and property and having smooth electoral processes, respectively, in the state.
The police boss, who seized the opportunity of their visits to him in his office, expressed his concern on various forecasts on flooding in Lagos State and plans to prevent such looming disasters. He however assured the NEMA boss in Lagos State that the Command will do the needful to support the agency whenever the needs arise, especially, while on rescue operations and/or disaster management within the state.
In his response, the NEMA boss hinted the Commissioner of Police of the agency’s plans to forestall unwarranted disasters in the state as the Federal House of Representatives has made frantic efforts in passing a bill that will manage and regulate the opening of dams during the raining season, which will curb perennial flooding in the affected areas.
In the same vein, the INEC boss in Lagos State, Mr Sam Olumekun, discussed rigorously with the Commissioner of Police on their plans to embark on certain electoral processes in Lagos State, as a measure to plan ahead of the forthcoming bye elections and other general elections in the state.
As a proactive and seasoned officer in electoral duties, CP Hakeem Odumosu, highlighted security plans and checks being put in place by the Police in line with the provisions of relevant laws of the land, to midwive elections in the state, particularly, the bye elections at the corner.
The Police chief also assured all Lagosians of police commitment to having free, fair, credible and acceptable elections in Lagos State.