Gives Automatic Scholarships To Children Of Slain Police Officers
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday said the state government will set up Rebuild Lagos Trust Fund in the aftermath of destruction in the state carried out by EndSARS protesters, even as he offered automatic scholarships to children of slain police officers.
The Governor stated this when he visited the Lagos Police Command, Ikeja, in an interaction with police personnel on how to police the state better.
Sanwo-Olu who emphasised that the state government would offer scholarships to children of policemen killed during the #EndSARS protest to university level said the government will also compensate their families, foot the hospital bills of injured officers, take care of their burial expenses, replace all damaged personal and official vehicles of Police officers as well as work towards insurance policy for Lagos police officers.
Governor Sanwo-Olu at the event acknowledged and thanked the personnel for their support and dedication to service to the people of Lagos, saying they were indeed frontliners and gallant as they were a source of joy.
He appreciated the personnel efforts as the interaction was how to heal the wounds saying he takes full responsibility of what happens, adding that the government would start implementing some of their demands immediately.
“You have not been truly acknowledged but I want to thank you. You have been gallant. You have shown how critical you are in our society. We might come from different backgrounds but we are all humans created by God. The Lagos State Police Command has been a delight in spite of our differences and inadequacies. You did not create the problems, these are institutional problems. As your governor, I acknowledge what you do and what you stand for,” he told the officers.
He added: “How do we take Lagos forward, how do we heal our wounds? It’s about not looking back but looking forward. Lagos would not look back again. As your Governor, I take full responsibility for what happened and has not happened. I will not shy from it. We will foot all the hospital bills of injured policemen.
‘’We will pay compensation to the families of deceased officers. We will take over the burial arrangements of fallen officers. We would consider replacement of your vehicles and motorcycles that have been burnt. We would look at the numbers of Lagos Policemen in Lagos as regards insurance policy.
‘’All the children of fallen officers would be given scholarships so they can have a decent education. We would upgrade the police cottage hospital.”
The Governor warned those “using social media to foment trouble” to desist.
“I want to use this opportunity to warn those using social media to foment trouble. They are too small. We will not join issues with anybody. We are moving forward. We will heal our lands and Lagos will be better for it,” he said.
Earlier, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, in his speech had commended Governor Sanwo-Olu administration’s support.
He appealed to the Governor to further provide the command with security equipment, compensate families of the six personnel that lost their lives in the protests, provide insurance coverage, free medical services for the injured, scholarships for their children among others.