By Dotun Omolaja, Lagos
The Lagos State Government on Tuesday assured residents of the State that it was working hard to consolidate on the gains recorded over the past few months in reducing crime to the barest minimum,
just as it reiterated its commitment to always uphold security of lives and property.
Â State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni who disclosed this at the end of the monthly State Security Council meeting chaired by the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and attended by heads of all the security agencies in the State, said the Council considered and agreed to build on the momentum of successes recorded so far with the view to safeguarding lives and property, as well as maintain a safer environment for investment.
Â He said: â€œAs you all know that one of the tripod upon which the State Government built its policy thrust is security. We have once again looked at what is happening security wise; the gains recorded especially with the successful hosting of the Lagos Marathon held last Saturday.
Â â€œLooking at that, we have considered and agreed that there is need to build on the momentum and further improve on what we are doing in order to keep Lagos State safer and more secured in order to attract investments which will also translate into giving employment to people in Lagos,â€ Owoseni said.
Â Owoseni, who briefed journalists alongside service chiefs and top government functionaries, also highlighted the positive impacts which the â€˜Light Up Lagosâ€™ Project, an initiative of Governor Ambodeâ€™s administration, has had on the security architecture in the State.
Â He said: â€œIt is one of those key things with which we can prevent crime. Apart from the aesthetical value that you gain in it by making everywhere beautiful, you are also preventing crime when the places are lit up at night.
Â â€œIt helps in prevention of crime and detection as well. You can see the criminals that we are pursuing, if the criminals have dropped anything which if the places are dark, you will not be able to see them, but that story has changed. So, it is a big plus for security.
Â â€œI just want to appeal to Lagosians to be law abiding and expect improvement on all what the security agencies have been doing to keep Lagos safer and more secured,â€ the Lagos CP said.
Â Those in attendance at the meeting include the Commander, 9 Mechanized Brigade, Brigadier General Bulama Biu;Â Commander, Nigeria Navy Ship Beecroft Apapa, Navy Commodore Abraham Adaji;Â Commander 435 Base Service Group, Ikeja, Air Commodore Danladi Santa Bausa and Director, State Security Service, Mr. Adekunle Ajanaku.