As we keep our watchful eyes on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode this week, we find that the first DNA forensic centre in Nigeria is set to be opened for operations in Lagos in early 2017.
This was made known by the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem at the maiden edition of the annual Lagos Forensic Symposium held in Ikeja on Tuesday.
In a bid to properly fight crime and investigate criminal cases, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode gave his approval that the DNA forensic centre be established. It is set to compete with some of the best of its kind in the world.
According to Mr Kazeem, “With DNA Forensics, each suspect can be put in a database and even if there is not enough evidence in the first or second case, a pattern would have been established and the person’s records are on file such that if they come up at another crime scene, it becomes much easier to get a conviction”.
Also on Thursday, Governor Ambode was in meetings with the Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh and the Executive Director of Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Mr Paul Levy in the US.
The governor made it known at the meetings that Lagos state will be adopting the city of Boston’s approach to clearing waterways and providing clean water for Lagos residents. The state government will be working with Boston to achieve these.
During the Boston visit, the governor also met with senior officials of the MIT Faculty and the MIT Africa Initiative in Cambridge, Boston Massachusetts.
Governor Ambode raised the topic of Yaba’s position as the technology hub of Nigeria and the greater potentials yet to be explored in the rest of the state. He confirmed that his government is now partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the use of innovation and technology to tackle the challenges facing Lagos State.
He said, “Lagos is open to new ideas. Lagos is open for business. Lagos is open for innovation. We welcome new and different perspectives. That is why we are here at MIT”.