…LSSTF 16 th Annual Town Hall meeting on Security with the Governor

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos State Security Trust Fund’s 16 th

Annual Town Hall Meeting on Security with the Governor said that “the Lagos State Government security policy is driven by the need for a wholly secure environment that enables the wellbeing, prosperity and fulfillment of all the people of Lagos state. Lagos will continue to send a strong and loud message to all purveyors of crime and criminality in Lagos State, stay ahead of their intention and fight with everything we have to achieve our dreams and aspirations. We have demonstrated our commitment in the past, and we remain resolute”.

The event which held on Thursday 24th November, 2022 had present, representatives of residents, groups and association in Lagos State and other stakeholders with vested economic or social interest in Lagos.

The Theme for the 2022 edition was “LSSTF Stewardship: A review of our activities in line with the

T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the Lagos State Government.”

The Chairman Board of Trustees LSSTF Mr. Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti welcomed guests to the event and in

his remarks noted that “the Fund has continued to keep faith with its obligations to people by giving a yearly account of its activities without fail for sixteen years” adding that “Our continued relevance in these years is a clear testimony that challenges to resourcing the police and other security agencies are still very contemporary.”

He urged attendees at the event to salute the bravery of the officers and men of the Lagos State Police

Command and other security agencies for their sacrifice not forgetting those that have fallen and he prayed for the repose of their souls. He also called for donations to the Fund for it to continue to provide support to security agencies in the State.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary/CEO of the Fund, Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun gave a report on the activities of the Security Trust Fund in the last one year (December 2021 to November 2022), making reference to the six pillars of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda current administration of Lagos State namely: Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy, Entertainment and Tourism as well as Security and Governance” noting that the success of the pillars were hinged on a safe and secure environment.

While asserting that no activity can be carried out without security, he said the ability of Lagos to continue to be the economic hub of the Nation by ensuring that businesses and individuals can develop their potential and succeed in reaching their goals while also being able to engage in social events and other recreational activities, in a secure environment, is the objective of the Fund.

“The year 2022 has been a very challenging year as we only received a paltry cash sum of

N153,000,000.00 in donations as at the 1 st November, 2022 with no single donation in kind. This is the

worst in the history of the Fund (far worse that during the Pandemic when the whole world was on

standstill) despite having a target of N2.5 Billion for 2022”. Dr. Balogun Stated.

In closing his remark, the Executive Secretary appreciated the sponsors of the 16 th Annual Town Hall

Meeting on Security and once again, recognized and thanked all the donors for their support while

appealing to the corporate institutions, professional associations, and high-net-worth individuals who were yet to join the train to come on board for our collective benefit.

The external auditors to the Fund, Ernst and Young, gave their opinion on the 2021 audit report of the Fund while the Commissioner of Police, Lagos Police Command, CP Abiodun Sylvester Alabi gave a report on the activities of his Command.

The Commissioner of Police acknowledged that the Command appreciates the Government, the Fund and the good people of Lagos State for their continuous and unflinching support, which has contributed immensely to the successes highlighted in his presentation. He also implored Lagosians to continue to be Law abiding, share useful information with the police and embrace the mantra “see something, say

something” so that the police can do something.

The event was drawn to a close after the Governor’s address and the presentation of Awards to Y2022

donors of the Fund in various categories.

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