On Wednesday 28th June 2017, the Fund in collaboration with the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment held its Town Hall Meeting on Security with the Tradesmen and Artisans Associations of Lagos State at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa Ikeja. The theme of the meeting was; Intelligence Gathering for Effective Policing. The Role of the Informal Sector”.
The meeting was organized to intimate members of these associations on the activities of the Fund and how they can assist the state government through intelligence gathering that will enable security operatives in effective crime fighting while soliciting for their support and contributions to sustain our activities.
In the welcome address, the Executive Secretary/CEO LSSTF spoke on the important role the informal sector plays in the society and the economy of the State. He also spoke on the critical role they can play in gathering intelligence saying “the security challenges we face in Lagos now are different from what we used to have in the past. Now we have issues like kidnapping, Badoo cult, and cyber-attacks, among other.”
The Commander Rapid Response Squad (RRS) ACP Tunji Disu, amongst other guest speakers spoke on the importance of intelligence gathering to aid the police in effectively combating crime. He said “No matter how brilliant a police force is, it cannot perform magic without information. There is no stupid information. This is why it is inevitable to liaise with the body of artisans to help pick up intelligence and pass it on to their community leaders or association leaders who will in turn bring it to our notice.
“Security is everyone’s responsibility. You cannot effectively protect your community without protecting your family. If everyone protects his family, the community would be protected and how is that possible, by paying attention to details and strange happening in your area.”
DIG Israel Ajao (Rtd.) the Chairman of the board of the Lagos State Neighborhood safety Corps urged residents to know their neighbors.
The President, Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans Association (LASCOTA), Alhaji Nurudeen Buhari in his remarks appreciated the efforts of the Fund and pledged his Association’s support through their donations to the Fund.
The Townhall meeting was also used to intimate the artisans about the MTN short code which enables members of the public to donate to the Fund with as little as N50 per sms of sending help to 9999.