By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
No fewer than 150 Double Cabin patrol vehicles, 100 security patrol bikes and other security equipments were on Thursday donated to Security Agencies in Lagos by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The equipments also included 30 Saloon Patrol Vehicles 1000 Ballistic Vests, 1000 Ballistic Helmets, 1000 Handheld Police Radios/Walkie Talkies, two Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), four High Capacity Troop Carriers, two Anti-Riot Water Cannon Vehicles, Office/Command Furniture and other Ancillary Support Resources.
The initiative was taken to kick-start the rebuilding process, through the establishment of the Lagos State Rebuild Trust Fund, and through this very laudable effort by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund.
The presentation ceremony, which took place at the Police College, Ikeja, had in attendance President Muhammadu Buhari, Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun, Speaker House of Representatives Rt.Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Minister of Defence Major Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) amongst others.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the donation is in line with his administration’s THEMES Agenda, the ‘S’ which stands for Security.
According to him, it also seeks to boost the morale of security agencies across the State and to improve the overall security of the State.
In his remark at the ceremony, President Muhammadu Buhari said there is no doubt that the new equipment being handed over will go a long way in boosting the morale of the Police, and further enhance their capacity to fight crime and combat criminality.
“This is even more touching in the light of the unwarranted violence that ensued in the wake of the ENDSARS protests last October, which saw the security architecture in Lagos state being severely damaged”
Buhari pointed out that ” It is commendable that Lagos State, the Centre of Excellence, has shown a truly resilient spirit, in the face of the massive destruction it suffered last October which they did not allow themselves to be deterred by the severe setback; instead you have bounced back and are now boldly rebuilding the confidence of residents and investors in the State”.
The President further applauded the State Government in the area of reinforcement and support for the security agencies and also the private sector for partnering with the state government.
” Once again, let me commend Lagos State for what you are doing in the areas of reinforcement and support for the security agencies in the State.
Let me also commend all of the private sector partners who have risen up to the challenge and partnered wonderfully with the State Government in its ongoing battle to quell the upsurge of crime and insecurity in the state.
It is my hope that this public/private sector partnership will be an example to others to demonstrate similar acts of generosity and responsibility.
Let me now again express my gratitude to the Lagos State Government for extending an invitation to me to join you at this handing-over ceremony”, he applauded.