Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Monday handed over 120 5KVA generating sets to the Lagos State Police Command to power police formations across the state, with a pledge of continuous support to security agencies.
Speaking at Lagos House, Ikeja, while handing over the sets to the police, the governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensure safety of life and property.
Ambode, who was represented by Chairman of Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) Mr Oye Hassan-Odukale, said the security of residents and investors remain a cardinal objective of his administration.
He said the generating sets were procured by LSSTF.
According to him: “Lagos is the safest state in the country and we hope to make it among the safest in Africa. Anything about security is given priority by our administration. Lagosians are now feeling safe. The safety that we are experiencing don’t come cheap but I like to assure that we are always willing to move at any time to ensure that we keep Lagos safe,” he said.
The governor congratulated the Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, and pledged to work with him.
He said besides the generating sets, LSSTF would install the equipment in all divisions and area commands in the state.
The governor urged the command to protect the sets and use them to keep the people safe.
Executive Secretary of LSSTF, Abdulrazak Balogun, said the sets would be distributed across the 107 divisions and 13 area commands.
He said they were procured to fulfill the administration’s Light Up Lagos Project.
“The procurement is also in tandem with Governor Ambode’s vision of a secured and investment-friendly Lagos. Police formations are critical to securing life and property in the state and it is important that these stations function optimally. This is why the Lagos State Security Council recommended the provision of power generating sets for these stations and the State Security Trust Fund expeditiously approved the expenditure.”
Edgal thanked Ambode for the gesture, saying that the generating sets came at a better time.
While assuring that the sets will be put to optimal use, Edgal said the facility would ensure that the divisional and area commands were well lit up.
He said: “You can imagine the confidence the public will have if divisional headquarters and area commands are lit with the confidence that their matters would be earnestly addressed.
“Power is essential. Our communication gadgets, especially phones need to be charged. You cannot function anywhere, you can’t take complaints, you can’t give directives to field officers when there is no power. These generating sets are valuable to us.”