Ambode seeks support to tackle insecurity

                                                    Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi
Ambode, has called for the support of the private sector in the fight
against insecurity in the state, saying the government cannot do it
alone.

Ambode, who restated his commitment to
protecting lives and property, said security agents needed the right
technology to improve on their strategies in combating crimes.

He spoke in Lagos at a dinner organised
in honour of outgoing and incoming members of the board of the Lagos
State Security Trust Fund, a statement said on Wednesday.

The statement, which was signed by his
Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, said the governor stressed the need
for the private sector to scale up its support towards tackling
insecurity.

Ambode was quoted as saying, “With the
reality that there are not enough security operatives to secure the
state, the next level is to invest in the right technology which will
help in the fight against crime.

“The state needs CCTV in all public
places and data of all suspected criminal elements. It is important for
police stations to have technology to access data from all over the
world so as to make the tracking of criminals easier.

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“To police a state with over 21 million
people requires a lot more than additional policemen. I urge members of
the Lagos State Security Trust Fund and the private sector to help in
the area of investing more on technology, which is not cheap, hence the
need for massive support for the government.”

Ambode lauded the outgoing board members
of the LSSTF for a job well done, adding that since the board was
inaugurated in November 2007, the government had enjoyed a strong
partnership with the private sector.

“This initiative has generated over
N4bn, as well as donations of patrol vehicles and other security
equipment by individuals and corporate organisations. It has contributed
significantly to improving the operational capacity of our security
agencies, particularly the Nigeria Police, thereby increasing the safety
of our state and residents,” he added.

Ambode also expressed confidence in the
ability of the new board to build on the achievements of the previous
board with a view to keeping Lagos safe and secure.

The new board is made up of Mr. Oye
Odukale (Chairman), Dr. Abdulrazal Balogun (Executive Secretary), while
members are Mr. Herbert Wigwe, Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje, Mr. Yemi Idowu, Mr.
Philip Oduoza, DIG Israel Ajao, Mr. Gbolahon Lawal and Prof. Ademola
Abass.

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