As part of measures to boost security across Lagos, the State Government has concluded plans to recruit 1,500 security and intelligence-gathering officers to assist Nigerian Police and other security agencies to proffer solutions to challenges within the state.
The state government said that the planned recruitment of additional 1,500 security experts would protect investments and sustain peace currently experience across Lagos.
Aside from the recruitment exercise, the Lagos state government would also be procuring more vehicles for the security agencies to increase their patrol and surveillance activities in rural areas within the state.
These were announced on Thursday by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during the ‘‘State-Of-The-State’’ address held at the Lagos House, Ikeja, which was attended by former Deputy Governor’s: Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Sarah Adebisi Sosan, Abiodun Ogunleye and others including monarchs and political officeholders.
Sanwo-Olu stated that the 1,500 security and intelligent-gathering experts would be deployed to The Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC), a uniformed security agency, to complement their efforts to nip in the bud any possible security threat.
The governor, who spoke on the achievements recorded by the administration over the last 24 months, noted that security has become important considering the challenges confront the nation.
He said: “We are currently working with the various state security operatives to determine additional operational and infrastructure needs that the state can support.
“In this regard, I shall in the coming week, be handing over operational vehicles, communication gadgets, ballistic vests and helmets, anti-riot water cannon vehicles, and Armed Personnel Carriers (APCs) to our various security operatives to further enhance and improve their operations which will ultimately have a positive impact on the security status in the state.
“We will also be recruiting additional 1,500 men in the coming weeks, into our Neighbourhood Security Watch to complement the efforts of our existing security personnel”, Sanwo-Olu added.
The governor stressed that the engagement of the experts would reduce the unemployment rate and boost security hundreds of youth as well as graduates that had acquired knowledge on security and other related fields, who were previously idle, would be engaged to bring a better Lagos that guarantees investors a safe place to live and work.
According to him, our administration is committed to working with the youth and providing a safe environment for all to thrive irrespective of their ethnic nationality, an engagement we believe will reduce insecurity.
“The totality of our efforts is geared towards ensuring a safe and secure society, where youth employment is guaranteed. With more than two-thirds of Lagos State’s population falling below age 30, it is indisputable that the future of our State is the empowerment of our youth and the security of their future.
“Most of our programmes are focused on empowering the youth. In the creative industry where thousands of them are being trained to become masters of their arts. No fewer than 4000 youths have been placed in companies under Internship-programme, and many more will join. Our Volunteer Corps has more than 9,000 young people.
“The youth constitute the majority of the players in the tech-ecosystem and we have been supporting them by funding for innovative start-ups. Today, we have funded over 20 start-ups in areas such as agriculture-tech, environmental tech, educational technology, and small scale manufacturing”, he added.