From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
The Lagos State Government yesterday donated 120 new 5KVA generating sets to the state Police Command to power all police formations across the State.
It promised continuous support to security agencies to ensure optimal performance, enforcement of rule of law and safety of lives and property in the State
At the handling ceremony, the Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode reiterated that his vision was for the state to be among the safest places to live and work in Africa.
Represented by the Chairman of Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Mr Oye-Hassan Odukale, he said the security of residents and investors remain one of the cardinal objectives of his administration, and that government would not relent in coming up with initiatives and programmes to guarantee safety of the people.
He said the generating sets were procured by the Fund to ensure that police formations in the State work optimally in their mandate of safeguarding lives and property.
“Lagos State is the safest State and we hope to make the State to be among the safest States in Africa which is our objective at the Fund. Anything about security is given high priority by our administration. Lagosians are now feeling safe. The safety that we are experiencing don’t come cheap…”
The Governor said aside the provision of the generating sets, the LSSTF had also been mandated to carry out the installations of the new equipment in all the Divisions and Area Commands in the State.
Executive Secretary of LSSTF, Dr Abdulrazak Balogun said the generating sets would be distributed across the 107 Police Divisions and 13 Area Commands in the State.
The State’s Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Imohimi Edgal thanked Governor for the gesture, saying the generating sets could not have come at a better time.
He said “Power is very essential. Our communication gadgets, especially phones need to be charged. You cannot function anywhere, you can’t take complains, you can’t give directives to field officers when there is no power. These generating sets are very valuable to us”.