Fashola equips Lagos police with ICT centres
LAGOS State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), on Monday began the handing over of 100 Information Technology Centres (ICTs) to police stations in the state ,with two stations in the Ogudu Police Area Command.
Fashola, in company of his Deputy, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, cabinet members, the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Kayode Aderanti, Area Commander, Mr. Patrick Alonge, said that the centres, equipped with solar power, were being put in place to fulfil his main reason of being in government ‘’which is to secure the lives and properties of the citizens, assist the Police to decongest the stations of exhibits, especially abandoned vehicles, thereby improving traffic flow in the state ‘’
He disclosed that each police station was equipped with two computers and specially trained personnel to man the accessories, digital camera, Digital Assert Management Systems Software (DAMS), two KW Solar installation, adding that, ‘’ from now on, records of all exhibits in our police stations will be captured and stored in the computers’ databases for ease of access and retrieval of relevant exhibits for effective prosecution of all cases.’’
The governor said ‘’ in spite of the remarkable decline in crime rate in Lagos, the government would not relent in taking to another level the wide-ranging crime-reduction strategies to address the peculiar security challenges arising from the heavy human density and daily economic-driven migration into the state’’
He commended the dedication of policemen in the state and what he described as the invaluable support of the private sector to the government through the gestures extended to the state’s Security Trust Fund, adding that ‘’this gesture should be emulated by all the citizens as they promptly fulfil their civic obligations of paying their taxes as at when due’’.
Fashola disclosed that computerised police vehicles equipped with digital cameras for on-site coverage of crime scenes was underway from Japan, adding that with the ICT centres, exhibits such as vehicles will no longer litter police stations ,thereby improving the image and outlook of police stations.
Aderanti, in his address on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, acknowledged the invaluable support of the state government over the years to the Command, assuring that his men will reciprocate the gesture by putting the equipment to use in the on-going effort to reinforce police capacity for law enforcement and thereby enhance the judicial system.