The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has earmarked N31.246 billion to fight rising wave of kidnapping and other crimes in the state in 2017.
The figure was earmarked in the 2017 budget of 812.99 billion presented by the governor to the State House of Assembly for approval on Tuesday.
On security, law and order, the governor voted N31.246 billion, which he said would be used to tackle insecurity in the state.
“We have proposed the sum of N31.246bn to address security challenges in the state, as well as the maintenance of law and order, and to support security services in the area of vehicles, security gadgets and logistics.
“Other key areas to be addressed includes procurement of recording equipment for verbatim reporter/legal service and training centre, establishment of crime data register/criminal case tracking systems/CCTV, construction/completion of Police Area Command at Ibeshe phase1-3, Elemoro phase1-3 and Idimu phase2-3″ he said.
Ambode added that the money would also be used for construction of DNA Forensic Centre at E-Learning Centre, CMS, Lagos; construction of store/warehouse at three senatorial districts of the State (Lagos West, East and Central) for election materials, purchase of specialized fire-fighting equipment, maintenance of LASEMA resettlement centres at Agbowa and Igando camps, among others.
The governor said his administration shall continue to enhance welfare of security services in the areas of providing allowances, fueling of patrol vehicles and adequate life insurance covers to motivate them in 2017.
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