By Laja Thomas & Austin Anozie
THE Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) has pledged continued support for security agencies, especially the Police in the area of addressing security concern in the state. This was the statement of Mr. Arthur Worrey, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Security Trust Fund at the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the agency and the CLEEN Foundation in Lagos, yesterday.
According to Worrey, â€œthe MoU is a collaboration with the CLEEN Foundation on the implementation of a number of projects on public safety and security in Lagos State. It is a public-private partnership to intervene and assist in capacity deficiency of the Nigerian Police and other agencies involved in the security area of Lagos State and how to strengthened these agencies.â€
He said the trust fund aside the provision of vehicles, communication gadgets and other security logistics to the Lagos Police, also played advisory role to these agencies, saying they are not interested in taking over the responsibility of the Federal Government on security.
He said the collaboration with CLEEN Foundation would cover four areas which include Lagos State crime victimisation survey which will generate data about crime, disorder and fear of crime levels; mapping of crime hotspots which will provide intelligence through the LSSTF to the police and other security agencies on crime hotspots to enable effective deployment of policing resources; youth and policing study which will facilitate better understanding of the attitude of young people towards policing and regulatory agencies; and youth policing summit to provide relationship between the police and young people in the state.
The CLEEN Foundation, according to its Executive Director, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, who signed on its behalf said the Foundation offered expertise in the areas of impact assessment, victims assessment and security assessment.
His words: â€œIt is an intervention agency between the citizenry and corporate security agencies, like the Nigerian Police to make them more effective in the discharge of security functions in Lagos.â€
The LSSTF which was established in 2007, according to Mr. Worrey, has spent about N50 billion so far on the Nigerian Police and the military joint operation scheme in the provision of equipment and logistics.