The quest of the Lagos State Government to reform the security and judicial sectors received a massive boost on Thursday as individuals and corporation organisations pledged N1bn in cash and kind towards ensuring a safer and more secured Lagos.
At a dinner put together by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, members of the corporate world and respected members of the society, lauded Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s plans to upgrade the security network in the state, affirming their commitment to continue to support the government’s strides to make Lagos safer.
Aside from the cash donations, other organisations pledged to provide security patrol vehicles and gadgets as well as technical back-up for the state security apparatus.
Ambode, in his remarks, said his administration remained committed towards evolving new strategies to effectively police Lagos and rid the state of all forms of criminal activities.
He explained that his administration was planning an overhaul of its security apparatus to be able to rise up to the evolving trends of crime in the state.
The governor added, “Right now, we have just about 33,000 people policing us and we are about 20 million. So, if you combine other forces, the Fire Service, LASTMA and Ambulance service, it might bring the number to about 40,000 of them as against 20 million people.
“I can admit we lack the right technology. We don’t have a holistic approach to coordinate everything that we are doing and then, we don’t have the security management that Lagos actually needs; so we are under policed and we are not getting the right technology to be able to say that Lagos is secured. We must now integrate men, equipment and technology to keep Lagos safer.
“So technically, Lagos State Government, the Police and other security agencies have analog technology right now; there is no interface among all of us. So we need to migrate to digital for improved information dissemination.”
Ambode lauded the private sector’s contribution to the LSSTF in the last seven years, which he put at a total of N4bn while the state government, he added, had contributed about N8bn to the fund.
He said commencing from next year, a Lagos State Awards of Excellence would be held annually to recognise and certify individuals and companies who had been selfless about issues affecting Lagos.