The 14th Annual Town Hall Meeting on Security with the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu is an event organized by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund where residents and other Stakeholder in the Security frame work converge together to get a first-hand report on the state of security as well as a forum for fund raising towards improving the security situation in Lagos State. The Theme for the 2020 edition is Lagos Security: Resilience in the face of Adversity.
Lagos State Governor, on Thursday December 3rd noted in his address that the year 2020 was filled with complex challenges, highlighting the explosion in Abule Ado in February 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the ensuing violence that accompanied the protests against police brutality in October 2020. He reiterated his government’s determination to ensure the safety of all lives and property.
The Executive Secretary/CEO of the Fund, Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun gave a report on the role of the Security Trust Fund in the last one year (December 2019 to November 2020). He spoke on the effect of the Pandemic and its impact on donations to the Fund and the aftermath of the EndSars protest that resulted in the destruction of the assets of security agencies and death of personnel.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos Police Command, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, on his part gave a report on the activities of his Command in the last year. He acknowledged that the command was privileged to have a Governor, who has an unmatched passion to create an enabling environment for the police and other agencies to fight crimes and criminalities head-on in the State. He reported that the continuous provision of logistics for the police, such as patrol vehicles, motorcycles, raincoats, rainboots, traffic reflective jackets, etc., by the LSSTF since its inception in 2007, has no doubt repositioned the command and enhanced its capacity to effectively maintain law and order in the State. He assured law abiding members of the public of the security of their lives and property while he advised law breakers to either leave the State or be ready to have their day with the law.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, Mr. Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti welcomed and thanked the guest for their attendance. In his address, he introduced the newly inaugurated Board of the Trustees at the event and acknowledged previous chairmen and Members of Board for their leadership and ability to keep the flag flying noting that each Board added value to the continued growth of the LSSTF.
After the speech by Mr. Governor, there was a presentation of N10 million each to the families of police officers who lost their lives during the unrest that followed the EndSars protests. This was the LSSTF way of supporting members of deceased families. The Fund also assured the officers and men of the police force that their efforts towards the security of lives and property of residents of Lagos were greatly appreciated
The event was drawn to a close after the vote of thanks was giving by the Administrative Director of the Fund.