To demonstrate the seriousness of his government towards the safety of lives and properties of Lagosians, Lagos State governor, His Excellency, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has announced that the state government will give handsome financial rewards to members of the general public that can provide security-related information on criminal activities in the state to security agencies.
The governor made this known when addressing guests at the formal commissioning and unveiling of the new state-owned security outfit, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) at the Agege sports stadium in Lagos.
He further stated that the new security outfit was not any way in competition with the regular federal government security outfits, like the police force. According to the him, the new neighbourhood safety corps was established to compliment efforts of the Nigeria police and other security outfits towards guaranteeing a safer Lagos state.
Mr Ambode stated that each Local Government and LCDA in the state will take delivery of 3 Salon cars out of the 177 Salon cars and patrol vehicles. He also said that the state government had also provided Motorcycles with riders’ full protection kits such as helmets, knee and ankle guards, including 4, 000 bicycles, which would be distributed across the 377 Wards across the state for adequate patrol and to engage every community.
In addition, the State Governor revealed that other security gadgets such as metal detectors, baton, long range touch lights, whistles and other state-of-the art equipment have been provided to ensure that the men and women of the neighbourhood safety corps carry out their task effectively. He added that special hotlines have also been dedicated to the initiative so that community residents could call when in danger.
Also speaking at the event, Hon Oluseye Oladejo, Commissioner for Special Duties in the state commended the Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration for its robust and practical support to the state rapid response squad through the provision of security gadgets, patrol vehicles and other equipment.
It would be recalled that the governor at a recent town hall meeting announced the establishment of the state security outfit, with the promise of employing about 7,000 youths into the state’s neighbourhood safety corp.