The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday expressed determination to ensure adequate security in the state.
Ambode made the commitment at the 10th Town Hall Meeting on Security held at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, organised by Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF).
According to him, his administration would continue put in place measures and strategic partnerships that would guarantee security if lives and properties in the state.
The governor who who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule called on private sector to complement government’s efforts in equipping the state’s security agencies with modern equipment.
This he said is necessary to sustain successes achieved so far.must be sustained.
He said the LSSTF, established 10 years ago to fill gap in equipment, training and logistics deficiencies for security agencies operating in the State has however been limited by lack of resources to provide needed equipment to wage war against all forms of criminal activities.
Governor Ambode, said the State was extremely proud of support it has received so far from the private sector, noting that through the Trust Fund, they have so far demonstrated the understanding that security was indeed everybody’s business and a high sense of corporate social responsibility.
“We have improved security in our State and we are very grateful to all those who have committed to making contributions to the Fund over the years. Our collective efforts have also made our security model a standard for others to follow,” he said.
“In recent times, we have had to deal with a few more nontraditional crimes such as kidnapping and terrorism. These crimes, coupled with harsh economic condition in Nigeria has made our security situation even more challenging. The truth is that it is our collective resolve that has protected us from unimaginable security breaches.
“Security is today a big challenge for most key city-States in the world even with the most sophisticated security apparatus. We must therefore salute the gallantry and collaboration of our various security agencies for using the assets we have provided for them to protect us.”
“I wish to state that our government would continue to take the front seat in supporting our security agencies in the state. But you all must also play your part as responsible citizens of Lagos to ensure the future worthy of the Centre of Excellence,” Ambode said.
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