Eye on Ambode: Lagos state wins Security Watch Africa award and more

This was one activity-filled week for the Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode signalling a progressive, proactive government.

Last Saturday, Governor Ambode paid a condolence visit to the family of late industrialist, former minister, writer and foremost Lagosian, Rasheed Gbadamosi who passed on at the age of 72.

The governor was effusive in his praise of the late serviceman who he described as “selfless” in his service to Lagos state.

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In the middle of the week, the governor inaugurated the board of the new Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency. Owing to its commitment to securing lives and property in the state, community policing has come to the fore to provide support for the police in discharging their duties.ambode-3

The Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency was set up to complement the Nigeria Police Force and replace the Neighbourhood Watch. Their functions are basically to protect lives and property, maintain law and order and gather intelligence. Corps members will be recruited across the local governments in the state. ambode-1

Also, in other security-related news, Lagos state was awarded the best security and most safety conscious state in Africa by the Security Watch Africa (SWA).

The event held in Johannesburg, South Africa and awards were presented to officials of the State Government at the 2016 lecture series of SWA organized in partnership with Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA) and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.img_3464-1024x768

The Lagos state Rapid Response Squad (RRS) emerged the best anti-crime police squad in West Africa while RRS Commander, ACP Olatunji Disu got the most outstanding police operational officer in West Africa award.

Finally, the governor visited Epe community during the week as he inspected the Michael Otedola Housing Estate currently under construction. The 180-unit housing scheme will be available on lease to people in the state upon completion.epe

Also, he made way his to the Epe rapid road construction which is set to provide a quick link to Ogun state in that axis. The Lagos state government chalet in Epe is also facing upgrade to include table tennis court, a gym and the likes.

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