The Lagos State Government through the State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) has sealed a deal with telecommunication firm, MTN Nigeria Limited on collection of donation towards the Fund to improve on the security architecture of the State.
Executive Secretary of LSSTF, Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun, in a statement, said the development was part of the strategy to provide wide range of avenues for people to contribute towards the Fund thereby scaling up the provision of security for the people.
Balogun said through the partnership, MTN subscribers would be able to donate N50 to the Fund at a time by just texting ‘HELP to 9999’. He urges them to make it a continuous effort, With the Huge population of Lagos and the good will of the State , we are confident that the people will heed this clarion call.
He said: “The Lagos State Security Trust Fund is delighted to announce a partnership with MTN on collection of donation to the Fund. This is one of the avenues we are providing to allow teeming Lagosians who are eager and willing to contribute to the Fund to be able to do so.
“The Fund, in the past and still counting, has donated and still donating several equipment and vehicles to security outfits in the State to enhance their capability to perform optimally towards securing lives and property in the State.
“Through the help of various organizations in the private sector and public-spirited Nigerians, the Fund, with the active and huge support of the Lagos State Government, has assisted security agencies in the State severally.
“The initiative to partner with MTN is another platform to allow majority of the people to contribute to the Fund and join hands with the present administration in the State under the leadership of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to further improve on the security situation in the State,” Balogun said.
The LSSTF boss, who also thanked MTN for the massive support to the Fund through the years,
urged Lagosians to make use of the opportunity of the platform and contribute as much as possible, as no amount is too small or too much.
While emphasizing the need for people to view security as everybody’s business, Balogun assured that the Fund would continue to make judicious use of the funds in its possession to create robust security architecture for the State.