Lagos State under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has taken rather bold and expensive steps in further securing the lives and properties of Lagosians. Friday November 27 at his Alausa, Ikeja work domain, in a brief but cheery ceremony, Ambode commissioned and presented helicopters, patrol vehicles, motorcycles, Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and gunboats to the Nigerian Police and its Rapid Response Squad (RRS).
By this gesture, Ambode has stepped up several notches in the legacy his predecessors, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola instituted in the state in this regard. You could say that with the kind of money Lagos State must have splashed on the new police hardware, Ambode certainly did his own version of ‘Black Friday’ giveaways.
All over Lagos today, traffic massed up and slowed commuters down as hundreds of delivery vehicles and enthusiastic buyers rushed to take advantage of the much advertised ‘Black Friday’ massive discount deals on online purchase portals and shopping malls. Well, Ambode topped the deal. It’s his name – “I have gone and come back” literally.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase and Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, were at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Friday to receive Ambode’s largesse.
The equipment donated include 100 four-door salon cars, 55 Ford Ranger pick-ups, 10 Toyota land cruiser pick-ups, 15 BMW power bikes, 100 power bikes, Isuzu trucks, three helicopters, two gun boats, 15 armoured personnel carriers, revolving lights, siren and public address system, vehicular radio communicators, security gadgets including bullet proof vests, helmets, handcuffs, uniforms, kits and improved insurance and death benefit schemes for officers.
Ambode has further raised the bar in Police-State cooperation in the battle against crime. Since he assumed office as governor, public outcry against the rising spate of robbery and ransomed kidnappings in Lagos State had threatened to deafen him, so much that his political godfather, Tinubu had to sue for calm and support for him, promising that Ambode would soon respond to the outcry.
He did respond and loudly too. It is hoped that between Arase and Owoseni, Ambode’s huge investment in the policing of his state would soon begin to yield phenomenal dividends. This should inspire other states to follow Ambode’s example.
COVER: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left); Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Minister for Interior, Lt.Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd).; Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule and Senator Oluremi Tinubu