Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, retired Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau has described the security equipment purchased by the Lagos State Government for the Police as unprecedented in the history of Nigeria and a sign of seriousness about the security of lives and property of residents.
Dambazau, who said this at the Lagos House in Ikeja during a courtesy call on the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, 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.
According to the minister, the present administration deserves to be commended for taking the bold initiative to give priority to the safety of the people.
The Lagos State Government had in November last year donated equipment worth 4.8 billion naira to the police including three helicopters, patrol vehicles, gun boats, power bikes, among others.
The Minister, who came to Lagos on a three-day tour of facilities and infrastructure of security agencies in the state, described Lagos State as the vanguard of support for the Ministry of Interior, adding that the gesture of the State Government was very well noted and appreciated.
“I’m here with all my service heads. We are here on tour of the facilities of the Ministry of Interior. The Ministry, as you know, is the hub of public safety and security in this country. Everything that has to do with public internal security and public safety is our responsibility.
“We know that Lagos State is the vanguard in support of the Ministry of Interior. I was here few months back when the State Government donated security equipment to the police. I have never seen that done before and so we really want to urge the government and the good people of Lagos State to continue to support us and we assure that we would carry out our mandate in a way that the people will be happy,” Dambazau said.
While acknowledging the efforts being put in place by Governor Ambode to develop the State, the Minister said it was also very important to note that there would be no development without security.
However, Governor Ambode pledged to support other security agencies in the state to boost security apparatus in the state.
The Governor specifically sought the support of Dambazau on how to facilitate partnership between the Federal Government and Lagos State especially in combating the frequent fire disasters in the state and reducing the influx of illegal immigrants into the state, as well as the relocation of the Ikoyi Prisons.
“There is the need for the Federal Fire Service to collaborate with the State Fire Service to jointly combat fire disasters, there is a need for you as well to revisit the agreement on the relocation of Ikoyi Prison, the State Government is willing to provide land for construction of a modern day structure for the prison,” he reiterated.
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.
“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.