An official of the Lagos state government, Oluseye Oladejo, has said the properties “worth more than N76.9billion” had been saved from being destroyed by fire. Oladejo, who is Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, made the claim at a Ministerial Press Briefing held at Alausa, Ikeja. Oladejo put this down to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s dedication to promoting safety and expansion of fire and other emergency service operations. “In view of the growing population and rapid physical development in Lagos State, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode realised the need to expand the operational frontier of the Fire Service to meet the urgent needs and expectations of the people in terms of accessibility and proximity to the grassroots”. He added that “three new emergency stations namely – Bolade-Oshodi, Ejigbo and Abesan were established, while the Governor has also approved the creation of four additional fire stations located at Safety Arena in Oshodi; Eredo in Epe; Olorunda in Badagry and Ijegun in Satellite Town”. More so, Oladejo said the government is reportedly working to upgrade “existing fire stations in Alausa, Ikeja, Isolo, Agege, Ilupeju, Badagry, Surulere, Ikotun and Agege and guarantee a prompt response to fire and other distress calls”. He added that Lagos State Emergency Agency, ASEMA “has been rebranded and repositioned”, adding that relief/resettlement camps have also being built in Agbowa and Igando to cater for disaster-related Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the State. Another resettlement centre is being constructed in Lekki, said Oladejo. Other efforts of the government Oladejo mentioned are recruitment of 5,700 Corps officers, upgrading of Command Control Centre and the provision of 24-hours emergency toll-free lines 767 and 112 for any emergency situation.