LSSTF CEO Balogun Tells News CP Alabi: ‘We Want The Police To Take Ownership Of Assets’


The Executive Secretary/CEO of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdulrrazaq Balogun has reiterated the need for all Nigerians, including security officers, to imbibe the sense of ownership in their dealings. He made this assertion when the new Commissioner of Police in Lagos Command, CP Sylvester Abiodun Alabi paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) office in Alausa, Ikeja. Also present to receive the new CP is a board member of the LSSTF, Dr. Ayo Ogunsan, The Tochlight News, Fanayajo Juliet reports.

Welcoming the new CP to Lagos, the head of the funding agency, Dr. Abdulrrazaq Balogun shared: ‘It is a very remarkable one for the new CP to deem it fit to come to the LSSTF. It is ultimate for any police officer to head Lagos State Command and so a lot is expected from him by the citizens of Lagos state and we are sure that he is up to the task as he is not new to Lagos and he has reeled out some strategies to police Lagos.’
‘Like he said that he is not new to Lagos, that he has been here for over 11 years and understands the role that LSSTF has been playing in terms of logistics and assets we have been assisting the Police with. We will assist him to make his job easier. The Governor too, I am sure that will continue to render that assistance.’

‘To whom much is given, much is expected. Lagos expects robust security architecture so that we can have utmost security of lives and properties. That is the only way we can make more earnings to develop the city. We want the Police to take ownership of all assets. We are saying this because we know the level of wear and tear of vehicles but your men should also take ownership. There should be maintenance. That is how the assets can last as the donation is not coming in as it used to.

The ES Abdulrrazaq Balogun told the new CP, ‘We urge you that when you go about and people ask you what can be done for the Police, let the public know about the LSSTF and what we have been doing for more than 14 years so that they can contribute. Also, the Police Trust Fund was created to augment whatever the Police from the budget. We will like to say you should use your good office to let Lagos get its share in the Police Trust Fund. It is very important. Once you can access the assets, let us know so that we can play our part in maintaining the assets’.

On plans for the Police, he continued: ‘We are working towards getting a set of police bulletproof vests. As soon as it gets to us, you will get it from us. Let the ones with plate be used on occasional purposes e.g. crowd control so you can give divisions in order to maintain it.’

‘We have to strengthen the RRS. RRS is our baby. Over 65% of our assets goes to the RRS, they have a fleet of over 180 and still counting. If we have more vehicles for them to do patrols in strategic areas, it will help. But we also have issues of people taking ownership. If a vehicle has slight issue, we found that many officers don’t report. That should not be.’

Speaking during his inaugural visit, CP Alabi noted: ‘The purpose of my visit is to have interaction with the CEO of LSSTF and to appreciate what they have been doing for Lagos which has enhanced the capacity of Police in Lagos.’

‘I want to assure Lagosians that I have come to serve them and I going to serve them to the best of my ability with the support of the government particularly Lagos State Government, we will give Lagosians quality service delivery by ensuring lives and properties are secured’, he promised.

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