Ambode seeks FG’s partnership on relocation of Ikoyi Prisons

By Dotun Omolaja, Lagos

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has canvassed the support of the Federal Government to in facilitating the relocation of the Ikoyi Prisons.

 

 

Ambode who spoke when the Minister of Interior, Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd.) paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja, urged the minister to revisit the agreement on the relocation of Ikoyi Prisons, assuring that the state government was willing to provide land for construction of a modern day structure for the facility.

 

He also urged the minister to revisit the partnership between the Federal Government and the state especially in combating the frequent fire disasters in the state and reducing the influx of illegal immigrants in the state.

 

According to the governor, the incessant fire disasters witnessed in the state in recent times has necessitated a need for the Federal Fire Service to collaborate with the State Fire Service to jointly combat fire disasters.

 

Governor Ambode, who said the partnership between the State Government and Federal Government was more about development of the country because Lagos mirrors Nigeria, further sought collaboration of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well as the Nigerian Legion in protecting public utilities in the state.

 

He said, “We believe strongly that if we have a secured state, we will be able to create a platform for job opportunities for the people and where we are able to do that, we are inviting local and foreign investors to the state. We will also be able to use the taxes we get on those jobs to improve on the infrastructure in the state. So, that is the tripod that the administration is built upon.

 

“I want to say that the real cornerstone is more about the internal safety and security of lives and property in the state and we have not minced any word in sending that message across on a daily basis. We are committed to the security of lives and property in the state and we will do everything to ensure that we support all the agencies that are under your ministry because that is what is going to assist us in developing the state and actually create jobs for our people,” Governor Ambode said.

 

On his part, Dambazau lauded the state government for the equipment purchased for the Police last year to the tune of N4.7billion, saying such gesture was unprecedented in the history of Nigeria and a sign of seriousness about the security of lives and property of residents.

 

Dambazau, said with his years of experience as a military officer, he had never seen that kind of massive investment in security by a State Government, and as such the present administration deserves to be commended for taking the bold initiative to give priority to the safety of the people.

 

The Minister, who is in Lagos on a three-day tour of facilities and infrastructure of security agencies in the state, said Lagos State is the vanguard of support for the Ministry of Interior, adding that the gesture of the State Government was very well noted and appreciated.

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