The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan has disclosed that the government in coalition with the State Emergency Management Agency (OYOSEMA), is working tirelessly to make sure natural or man-made disasters will have no serious effect on the State.
The Deputy Governor said this at the commencement of the quarterly stakeholders’ meeting of the State Emergency Management Agency, held at the State secretariat, Ibadan.
The Deputy Governor who doubles as the Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency said the stakeholders’ meeting was crucial to study the trending emergency threats in the health sector, due to COVID-19, security challenges posed by cow herders and fire disasters that occur during the dry season.
Engr. Olaniyan who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Political Matters, Alhaji Lateef Yusuf advised the stakeholders to critically deliberate on issues that will enlighten the people on why and how to build a safety-conscious culture, as this will protect the State against varying degrees of disasters.
He further added that the government is curbing youth unemployment by employing merited minds into the civil service, saying it is also a method to ameliorate insecurity as the youths will be engaged and busy.
He charged the general public to take precautions by wearing face mask always, maintain social distance and avoid indiscriminate use of fire.
Alhaji Lukman Aransi, the Administrative Secretary of the State Emergency Agency, earlier said the agency has been well equipped and positioned to execute a swift response to the disaster.
Further added that the meeting was focused on plotting a procedure on flattening the COVID-19 curve, avoidance of conflagration in the dry season, and response to different levels of security threats with the aid of partnering security agencies.