Fashola hands over ICT Centre to Area C police command
TO further boost the state’s commitment to securing the life and property of residents and tourists, the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola, had handed over a fully furnished ICT Resource Centre to the Area ‘C’ Command of the Nigeria Police.
Speaking at the ceremony, which was held at the Command’s office in Surulere, Fashola gave assurance of his government’s resolve to support the police in safeguarding lives and properties in the state, urging the officers not to relent in their efforts to perform their duties professionally, especially as the country prepares for the 2015 general elections.
The plan, according the governor, is to have such resource centres in 100 police stations across the state.
Each of the centres boasts of two computers and trained personnel to man the accessories, including a digital camera, Digital Assert Management Systems Software (DAMS) and two KW Solar installations.
Accompanied by the Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje, permanent secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Onikepo Animashaun and the state’s Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti, the governor said the ICT Centres would help the police to decongest the stations of exhibits, especially abandoned vehicles, thereby improving the image and outlook of police stations.
“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. With this initiative, there will be no need to keep accident vehicles in the police offices; once the data is taken, accident vehicles should be released to the owners on bond.
“The environment where police operate goes a long way is determining the quality of service you get. So, this will help to decongest the stations,” he said.
While commending the dedication of policemen to tackling crime, governor Fashola said: “In spite of the remarkable decline in crime rate in Lagos, the state government will 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.”
While disclosing that computerised police vehicles, equipped with digital cameras for on-site coverage of crime scenes were on their way from Japan, he informed the Command of the decision of his administration to rebuild the old officers quarters, which he described as danger to human lives.
Reacting, the Commissioner of Police, Aderanti, acknowledged the support of the state government over the years to the command, assuring that his men would reciprocate the gesture by putting the equipment to use in the ongoing effort to reinforce police capacity for law enforcement and thereby enhance the judicial system.
“Hardly do you see governors that are passionate and committed to restoring the dignity of their cities. This ICT Centre will go a long way in helping the police in carrying out our duties to the people,” he said.
It would be recalled that similar ICT Centre was last week handed over to the police command in Ogudu, Lagos State.