Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday unveiled his administration’s plan to tackle corruption head on by handsomely rewarding anyone who would alert the state about crimes about to be perpetrated or already perpetrated as safety of residents was not negotiable.
Also, the governor disclosed that informal employment of domestic staff would soon be prohibited in the state, saying efforts were currently ongoing to make a law that would formalise employment of domestic staff in a way that would guarantee safety of the employers as security details of the employee would be considered.
Speaking while launching the rebranded Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, with a pledge that the security of lives and property in the state was not negotiable, Ambode said the move was another giant step towards enhancing security in the State as a vital part of the ongoing effort to reform the security and justice sector.
At the official launching ceremony held at Agege Stadium, a total of 177 Salon cars and vehicles equipped with necessary communication gadgets, 377 motorcycles, 377 helmets, 4,000 bicycles, metal detectors for ensuring that illegal weapons were not smuggled into public places, among other operational equipment handed over to the Corps.
Addressing hundreds of residents, who gathered at the venue, Ambode recalled on how he assented to the law that created the Neighbourhood Safety Corps on August 15, 2016, saying that the Corps had been designed to provide a second layer of policing in order to ensure that the state and communities were more secure.
He said: “Let me, however, make it abundantly clear that the Neighbourhood Safety Corps is not in any way in competition with the regular Police Force.
“In actual fact, they are 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 our communities. “Special hotlines have also been created directly to the Executive Secretary and senior management of the Neighbourhood 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.
“All these equipment have been made possible through the judicious use of tax payers’ money and funds from the State Lottery Fund for good causes. Please continue to pay your taxes for a better Lagos.
“I am very happy to state that through this Safety Corps initiative the State Government has created over 7,000 jobs for officers of the Corps, artisans and other support staff. Job creation is at the heart of economic prosperity and we remain fully committed to a more prosperous Lagos for our citizens.”