Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has officially launched the whistle blower scheme for the state, encouraging residents to give relevant and useful information regarding curbing crime in the State, as they will be handsomely rewarded.
Ambode made this declaration on Monday at the Agege Stadium, Lagos, during the launch of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC).
“On August 15, 2016, I assented to the law that created the Neighbourhood Safety Corps. The Corps is designed to provide a second layer of policing in order to ensure our State and communities are more secure.
“Special hotlines have also been created direct to the Executive Secretary and senior management of Safety Corps agency for easy communication with our communities in the event of any crime. Any valuable information given to the Corps will attract handsome rewards from the State Government. I therefore call on all Lagosians to join hands with us to say a final no to crime in our State.
“Today’s formal presentation of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps is a giant step towards enhancing security all over our dear State and a vital part of our continuing security and justice sector reforms. I thank the Speaker and members of the Lagos House of Assembly for their exemplary work on the law that set up this Agency. It clearly shows that this is a listening Assembly that is committed to the safety and welfare of Lagosians,” he said.
Governor Ambode said the Nigerian Police had been very supportive to his administration in the last two years and he thanked them immensely for their commitment to fighting crime in the State.
He, however said he had identified that due to the huge population and unique challenges in Lagos, the Police needed the support of his government to complement their efforts especially in areas of community policing.
He made it abundantly clear that the Neighbourhood Safety Corps was not in any way in competition with the regular Police Force.
In actual fact, he said, they were expected to assist and complement the Police by providing useful intelligence for crime prevention and to facilitate the arrest of perpetrators of criminal activities in communities.
“In realization of the fact that nothing can be more important in Law enforcement than educating those who enforce it, this crop of elite’ corps have been trained and equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills to complement the good work of the Nigerian Police. In addition to the induction on orthodox community policing techniques, the corps have been trained in the following skills;
“Mediating disputes and the art of negotiating for peaceful resolution, balancing communal interest in resolving disputes and proactive policing engagement instead of reactive policing.”
“I will also like to state that in order to further strengthen security in our State, a new executive bill will be sent to the State House of Assembly to regulate the employment of domestic workers and security guards henceforth.
“This bill will prescribe regulations for these set of workers and other details to monitor their activities. There is no room for child abuse or underaged workers. It has been discovered that domestic workers are largely undocumented and pose a grave security threat in the State. The recruiting agencies must be licensed and regulated henceforth. Our safety is now non-negotiable,” he said.
The governor added that the State had invested heavily in providing them with state of the art equipment and accessories which include 177 salon cars and vehicles equipped with necessary communication gadgets to be distributed across all the Local governments and LCDAs
He said motorcycles with full rider’s protection kits such as helmets, knee and ankle guards to ensure their personal safety for each of the 377 wards across the State and 4000 bicycles to quietly patrol and engage our communities, had also been provided.
He added that through the initiative, the State Government had created over 7,000 jobs for officers of the Corps, artisans and other support staff.