Fashola Hands Over 114 New Patrol Vehicles Donated To The Police By Lagos LGs
Oct 3, 2009 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Saturday handed over 114 brand new security vans donated by the 57 Local Government Councils and Development Areas to the State Police Command with a charge that the Police should ensure that the new vehicles and the new Police uniform become a beacon of safety and friendliness to the people.
According to Governor Fashola who spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja Car Park, venue of the hand over, the men of the Nigerian Police must ensure that rather than becoming instruments of terror, the new vehicles should evoke a feeling of reassurance in the people that the Police is their friend.
He added that it is possible for the security agents to indeed enforce the law in a polite and civil manner without resorting to brutalizing the citizens whom they are expected to protect.
Governor Fashola declared: “I want you to ensure that your new uniforms and new patrol vehicles do not become symbol of oppression of the people but people that can be trusted”.
While reiterating his call for State Police, Governor Fashola said Policing is a municipal responsibility, adding that for as long as they remain municipal, it is the Local Governments, municipal and State Governments that are best suited to responding to the challenges.
He wondered why outfits like the State Fire Services, State legislature and State High Courts exist constitutionally while a State Police is not allowed to function.
Governor Fashola explained that the administration of justice and its wheel will not turn until all Nigerians have the courage to sign on and let State Police stand and be created alongside Federal Police, saying that is the only way it can work.
He affirmed that while some people contend that crime busting is a very expensive business, they have failed to come to terms with the fact that irrespective of the cost of ensuring crime prevention, a human life that is lost to crime cannot be regained at any cost.
He promised that as the ember months approach, it is the resolve of the present administration in Lagos to make crime a very unprofitable business to its practitioners such that it will make the city habitable to all peace loving people.
The Lagos State Governor commended the members of the State Security Council for the great work they are doing in the State in ridding it of criminal elements and also acknowledged the valiant efforts of the State Police Command in the battle.
Governor Fashola said Lagos deserves not less than 100 Local Governments, adding that the fact that 114 vans are being handed over at the event is an eloquent testimony to the fact that the decision to create the 57 was a just one.
Speaking earlier, the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo said the handing over ceremony is an expression of the profound determination of Lagos State and its Local Governments to ensure a crime free Lagos.
He added that the handing over is an example of Community Policing in action, declaring that there is no more hiding place for criminals in Lagos State.
Mr. Akpoyibo directed that the patrol vehicles are meant for patrolling every nook and cranny of the State and would be used specifically by the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) for patrolling.
He also promised to ensure that the new vehicles are reasonably and judiciously utilized at all times by the crime formations that they would be allocated to.
In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Prince Rotimi Agunsoye said the launching and distribution of a total of 114security vehicles would complement and boost the State Government’s continuous efforts at providing security for the people of the State.
Prince Agunsoye explained that it is the belief of Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in the State that the provision of security is capital intensive and that the State should not be left alone to bear the cost.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Conference of 57 Local Government Councils and Chairman of Ojodu Local Council Development Area, Mr. James Faleke commended the magnanimity of Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) in inviting the Local Government Chairmen to be partners in ensuring security in the State and also approving procurement of the vehicles by the LGAs and LCDAs.
He said the Local Governments are donating 114 vans and 10 Personnel Armoured Carriers (APC) to the Police as part of efforts to support the security initiative of the State Government.
He promised that the councils would also fund the provision of communication gadgets in all the vans and urged the Police personnel that would make use of the vehicles to make its maintenance uppermost.
Governor Fashola later handed over keys of the new vans to the Commissioner of Police, Mr Marvel Akpoyibo who was flanked by the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone 2, Mr Mohammed Abubakar.
Prominent among those who attended the ceremony were Deputy Governor, Princess Sarah Adebisi Sosan, members of the State Executive Council, Chairmen of the 57 Local Government Councils and Development Areas in the State, traditional rulers like Aholu Menutoyi 1 of Badagry, Police Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and many dignitaries.