The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday said his state is not participating in the Western Nigeria Security Network, otherwise known as Amotekun because its Neighbourhood Watch Personnel are doing the same thing.
The governor also regretted the failure of his predecessor to continue with the mass rail project during his four years in office.
Sanwo-Olu, who spoke on a television programme said Lagos has about 7,000 neighbourhood watch men doing the same thing Amotekun is doing in the other South West states.
“So, it’s just a name change in the case of Lagos. I appreciate what my colleague governors are doing, and they also appreciate the peculiar nature of Lagos.
“I have got over 7,000 neighbourhood watch personnel in Lagos, who are doing exactly the same thing that we have Amotekun doing.
“They are there at the border post giving us daily monitoring in their localities and feeding it back to the central. They are the ones feeding us with information. But they cannot carry arms and prosecute people.
“The borders that I have in Lagos are outside of the Atlantic Ocean is Ogun State.”
On the rail project, the governor said his predecessor did not provide funding for the scheme throughout his tenure, which contributed to the delay in the delivery date.
The Blue line of the project was launched by the Babatunde Raji Fashola’s government. It takes off from Okokomaiko and terminates at CMS. It was abandoned by former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. Sanwo-Olu last week inaugurated the red line, which covers Agbado to Marina.
According to the governor, state government is committing over ₦100 billion to the rail projects.
“It is a lot of money, it is well over N100 billion.vI don’t criticise my predecessors but indeed for whatever planning or reasons, he never funded it.
“When we came back last two years, the contractor has since moved from about 55 per cent to about 93 per cent in terms of the physical construction of phase 1,” he said.
The two projects are expected to be delivered by the last quarter of 2022.