By Esther Onyegbula
Security agencies have assured business organisations in Lagos and Nigeria at large of secured and safe environment to thrive.
The agencies gave the assurance on Tuesday at the Security Meets Business Dialogue organised by the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Eko Hotels and Suites.
Security chiefs present at the event expressed the resolve to fight crimes that posed threats to the ease of doing business.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, represented by the General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Ikeja, Maj. Gen. Enobong Unoh, urged firms to support security agencies in ensuring provision of effective security services.
Buratai said, “The Nigerian Army shall continue to strive to ensure that, through our dogged operations to ward off both prevailing and emerging threats, adequately secure and conducive environment is created in order to allow for the sustainable development of our states and the nation’s economy at large.
“I equally solicit your continuous support for and collaboration with NA formations and units around you especially on the grounds of corporate social responsibilities so as to contribute in motivating our troops towards a better performance of their security duties.”
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said the command would intensify efforts in foiling armed robbery attacks on companies and urged firms to provide necessary security apparatus, including Closed Circuit Television Cameras and lightning, in their surroundings to check and prevent crime.
Imohimi, who was represented by ACP Mohammed Danladi, added, “Businesses should assess security breaches that can affect their operations. Bushes in the surroundings should be cleared and access point should be kept in check to prevent infiltration.”
In his opening remarks, the LCCI President, Mr. Babatunde Ruwase, said the country had been grappling with terrorism, ethno-religious crises, kidnapping herdsmen attacks and armed robbery, among others.
He noted that the impact of such security challenges on business and investors’ confidence was phenomenal.
“Some progress has been made in restoring peace, especially to the North East, but a great deal still needs to be done,” he added.
Also present at the event were representatives of the Chief of Defence Staff, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Airforce, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Nigerian Immigration Service.