The Lagos State Government is to recruit additional 5,000 neighbourhood watchers into its Neighbourhood Safety Agency to scale up maintenance of law and order.
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode said this at the state’s 3rd Quarterly Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday in Lagos.
According to the governor, the recruitment will begin in November, and will cut across the state’s 57 local government and local council development areas.
Mr. Ambode, on August 1, signed into law the Neighbourhood Safety Agency Bill for the Regulation and Control of the Safety Corps Activities.
“The issues of security and safety have been of concern to this administration and Lagosians,” he said.
“We will continue to redouble our efforts, especially as we approach the festive periods to make Lagos safe for all.
“From Nov. 1, we will be recruiting additional 5,000 neighbourhood watchers, re-branding and re-equipping our neighbourhood watchers in the state for efficiency.
“The government will pay them salaries and allowances that will attract graduates too to be recruited.
“We are hopeful that this move will reduce criminal activities such as incessant kidnapping, invasion of any part of the state by militants, ritual killings, gang war and domestic violence, among others,” he said.
Mr. Ambode also promised that his administration would work harder and support re-presentation of a bill that seeks a special status for Lagos State as the commercial capital of the country.
NAN reports that, on Oct. 5, the senate voted against the bill by Sen. Oluremi Tinubu seeking special status and federal grant to Lagos State.
“I commend Sen. Oluremi Tinubu for promoting the bill to draw attention to how Lagos State can provide more succour to Nigerians being the home to the largest assemblage of Nigerians.
“The bill was suspended and not rejected. It means that we have another chance to work harder and re-activate the bill to ensure it succeeds for the overall interest of Nigerians.”
Mr. Ambode gave the assurance that invitation for a bid for construction of additional 114 roads in the state would commence in November.
“We will roll out all our empowerment programmes immediately to assist all our youths, artisans and the needy.
“The N500 million for the Lagos State Persons Living with Disability Fund had been provided and beneficiaries will start getting support from this quarter.
“I ask for your continued support and cooperation. Pay your taxes, obey the laws of the land and make the issue of security a matter of top priority.
“I believe strongly that together we will bequeath a safer and more prosperous Lagos to this generation and the ones ahead,” Ambode said.
Earlier, Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos urged the state government to ensure speedy reconstruction of the Jankara and Sangrose Markets as well as set up a committee for market dues collection.
Mr. Akiolu had also called for recruitment of able-bodied men to work with the police to curb criminal activities in the state.
The Publicity Secretary of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Adeniran Abdullahi, called for establishment of youth security network in local council areas to reduce insecurity.
He urged that the youth should be carried along in the implementation of the Employment Trust Fund.
Some other residents appealed that abandoned road projects at Sari-Iganmu, Apapa-Iganmu, Itire-Ikate and Coker-Aguda be completed.
Dolphine Estate residents also complained of severe flooding in their area. (NAN)