No successful bank robbery in Lagos since 2008 — Gov. Fashola

Babatunde Fashola

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday said there has been no successful case of armed robbery on any bank in his state in the last six years.

He said since 2008, all robbery attempts on banks in the state were frustrated by the better equipped Lagos police.

Speaking at the debut of “Both Sides” a political discourse organized by The Kukah Centre, Mr. Fashola attributed the feat to his administration’s commitment to the kitting and arming of the police for security enhancement.

The Kukah Centre is promoted by a Cleric, Matthew Kukah.

“We have looked into the problems of the police and resolved the logistics problems. We also discovered that with increase in allowances for our policemen and putting them on life insurance policy, their services will be enhanced,” he said.

“There is resource deficit in some of our security agencies and we waded into it to see what we can do. Once we solve that, we resolved the major problem of insecurity in the state.”

The governor also said previous experience in administration is vital in enthroning good governance and development in a nation.

Mr. Fashola recounted that the experience he acquired while serving as Chief of Staff to former Governor Bola Tinubu provided him with the knowledge on how to govern the state.

Mr. Fashola,who featured on the programme alongside his Jigawa State counterpart, Sule Lamido, said, “My earlier participation in governance assisted me with the knowledge that I require to work and make things happens.

“For you to use the system of the civil service, you must understand and know how to deploy them for development. Once you do not understand them, you will run into trouble.

“Initially, we were not too sure of what to expect, but all I knew was that we were committed. We had town hall meetings in all the local councils in Lagos after we got an agency to seek people’s opinion on what the electorate wanted from us as a government.

“We discover that six key issues were topmost on the people’s minds. These were security, power, education, environment, among others areas.

“The idea was to feel the people’s pulse and see what they expect of us. Once we knew what the problems were and what the people expected of us, we went to work and ensure we got things done for the interest of the people,” he said.

Asked if the Federal Government was handling the issue of the missing Chibok girls with all sincerity it deserved, the governor said only President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, could answer whether it was sincere or not.

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