The Lagos State Government has provided first aid kits to operatives of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) to enable the prompt provision of initial first-aid treatment to victims of road and other unforeseen accidents in the State.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony of the kits at the Safety Arena, Oshodi, the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-governmental Relations, Dr. Adewale Ahmed, said that the presentation of first aid kits was borne out of the government’s desire to encourage the use of first-aid treatment at the local level through the provision of the materials in all LNSC cars, jeeps, motorbikes and bicycles operating across the State.
Ahmed, who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Yusuf Jimoh, explained that since the agency is strategically positioned to meet the needs of the various communities in the event of emergencies, it would require the necessary equipment and skills to ensure the safety of lives and property of residents.
“To carry out these functions effectively, the 2,554 cars, jeeps, motorbikes, and bicycles earlier procured by the government for the agency would require the supply of first aid boxes and the training of the corps members on first-aid treatment”, he added.
Reiterating government’s resolve to the protection of lives and property in the State, the Commissioner stated that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had earlier approved the distribution of 1,285 first aid boxes and bags for all LNSC operational vehicles and motorbikes.
According to him, “The first-aid kits contain materials and non-prescription medicines that are administrative and useful in saving the lives of victims of fire disasters and road accidents among others”.
On the training of the LNSC officers responsible for manning the vehicles, Ahmed disclosed that they will be handled by BHS certified professionals from the State’s health facilities and will be trained at the Auditorium of the Safety Arena complex.
While enjoining all officers to avail themselves the opportunity of the training, he implored the trainees to reciprocate government’s gesture by dedicating themselves to the protection of lives and property in all communities across the State.
On his own part, the Chairman of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Corps, Mr. Israel Ajao (DIG), encouraged the officers to be law-abiding and do all that is in their power to protect and secure residents of Lagos State.