It is a wise saying that when two giants fight, it is the grass that suffers. But what happens when there is friendship and cooperation between the elephants?

This is the story of citizens resident in the Obafemi Owode Local Government area of Ogun state.

The Mowe, Ibafo, Arepo residents are beneficiaries of the synergy that exists between the Lagos and Ogun state governments.

Some parts of Lagos stood still on Wednesday after an engine oil carrying trailer plunged into the Ogun river from the Kara bridge area of Opic.

Motorists driving out of Lagos via the Lagos-Ibadan Express were left stranded for hours as the response team of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) battled to clear the blockage created.

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Bounce News was at the scene of the incident and we spoke with the General Manager of the agency, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, who told us how concerned Governor Ambode is about those living in the area.

“The law that created LASEMA empowers it to intervene on emergencies within the state, but you would agree that this is a boundary and it is actually outside Lagos.

“But with the express approval from the governor, we were able to intervene here. His excellency is concerned about the people generally irrespective of their state of resident or origin.

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“A lot of people working in Lagos stay around this axis. That is why on a number of times we have intervened and gone as far as Redemption Camp,” he said.

He went further to urge citizens to always cooperate with LASEMA and their partner agencies because crowd control has been their major challenge during such incidents.

“Emergency management is a collaborative effort, not only LASEMA is involved. You can see the Lagos state Fire Service are here, the FRSC, the police assisted by the military.

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“The issue of crowd control is very important. Everyone wants to see what is happening and this creates problems, but all these agencies are always there to assist us,” he said.

One would hope that other states sharing borders and assets would put the people above their politics and interests.

The opposite of unity between two neighbouring states is the crisis that has rocked the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, for years, where innocent students are the victims.


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