By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Operatives of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corp (LNSC) may soon be enjoying hazard allowance,as the Agency is about to finalise arrangement on the payment.
The Chairman, Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency (LNSA), Mr Israel Ajao, who made the disclosure added that other benefits such as life, health insurance and salary increase would follow suit.
Speaking at Lagos Division Stakeholders interactive seminar tagged “Neighborhood Safety as a Strategy for Effective Crime Control in Lagos State”, Ajao explained that the gesture is aimed at boosting the welfare of the Corp officers.
Reresented by the Agency’s Lagos Division Representative, Mr Babatunde Aboyade, the LNSA boss
posited that officers of the Corp have been discharging their duties diligently without carrying arms.
“Despite the fact that the corps officers carry no arms, they have been diligent in discharging their responsibilities.
Presently, we are working on their hazard allowance which is before the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
“We have lost four of our members so far and we want to convince the corp officers that we mean business as we give them adequate insurance so that they will be able to do more,” Ajao, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police stated.
Speaking on cultism, he said the Agency will soon have an open discussion with educational authorities, where there will talk to the grassroots on the evils of cultism.
He commended the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for his support and urged members of the public to assist the agency with intelligence information.
The LNSA Lagos Divisional Representative, Mr Ishola Laguda, also commended the state government for the support, adding that synergy among security agencies and use of technology would help in making Lagos safe.
“Looking at the population of Lagos State, we have the challenge of shortage of security personnel. Despite the challenges, we have been able to synergise with police to ensure crime is reduced in the state.
“In some foreign countries, you hardly see the police. They utilise technology and their neighborhood patrol personnel to check crime in their society.
“I want to commend the state legislature for supporting the state government on the establishment of the agency. I will also commend the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) for their support and LNSA board for their commitment to the safety of Lagosians,” he said.
The Chairman, Lagos State Taskforce, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi, said that Lagos was ready for community policing and urged members of the public to accept and assist the corp officers.
“I know that Lagos State is ready for community policing and I know how you have performed even without carrying arms.
“I know your capabilities and that’s why I take you with me on operation. You are becoming lions, never be afraid. You have signed for the job.
“I will urge Lagosians to take the corps officers as theirs. They are part of you, they didn’t drop from heaven. All you have to do is pray for them, support them and give them the information they need to protect you better.” he said.