By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS – Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has stressed the need for oil tank farm owners, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and all other federal agencies that operate in the state to contribute to the State Security Trust Fund (STF) to strengthen the state capacity in protecting their investments as well as fight crime and save lives in emergency situations.
Fashola also said to further boost effective monitoring of security in the state, his administration has purchased two helicopters and Amoured Personnel Carrier (APC) for the Nigeria Police, through the Lagos State Command.
Governor Fashola made the call yesterday while addressing stakeholders during the third Town Hall meeting on security in Lagos. He said the tank farm owners and other federal agenciesÂ that engaged in business in the state owed a duty to contribute to the Fund, noting that the Army, Navy and the Police who are federal security agencies were being supportedÂ by the Fund.
The governor explained that it was necessary to increase the fleet of vehicles being used by the security teams raised by the government, procure moreÂ APCs for the state Police Area Command, maintained emergency call centres and upgrade their capacity.
â€œWe need more ballistic kits for the men and more guns and ammunition. We need money for fuelling and maintenance of assets of the Trust Fund especially in the area of vehicles, boats and communication equipment,â€ he said.
Fashola added that the two helicopters recently purchased by the state from the USA for emergency evacuation, aerial security survey and quick response to security situations in Lagos will cost a lot of money to operate. â€œWe cannot do without all these as a model city vying to compete with other world cities for foreign investment,â€ the governor said.