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Ambode Urges Private Sector To Partner Govt On Security

Posted: Apr 15, 2016 at 3:15 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Chukwudi Nweje


For the government to truly live up to its responsibility of ensuring the security and welfare of the people as enshrined in section 14(2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the support of the private sector is needed.

This is the position of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday when he urged corporate organisations in the country to key into the efforts of government at all levels to secure the lives and property of citizens.

Governor Ambode, who  spoke while receiving 10 fully-equipped security patrol vehicles from MTN Foundation on behalf of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSTF) at the Lagos House, Alausa argued that that it was not out of place to encourage the private sector to support government to protect their investments and businesses.

According to the governor, development and businesses could only thrive in a peaceful atmosphere, thus the need for the private sector and the government to work together to provide security.

Governor Ambode stated that security is an everyday issue and should not be left only for government. He added that there is a strong need for the Organised Private Sector (OPS) to invest in security for greater economic prosperity.

According to him, it was the primary purpose of government to protect lives and property and take care of people’s welfare.

Ambode, who said that his administration placed premium on the security and welfare of the people, restated his commitment to continue to ensure a secure, safer and prosperous Lagos.

“A safer Lagos is a more productive Lagos, and this administration is not mincing words in that area,” he said.

He thanked the MTN Foundation for the massive investment in security and other Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes, and charged other corporate organisations to emulate such gesture.

Earlier, Chairman of MTN Foundation, Chief Julius Adelusi –Adeluyi, said that the donation of the security equipment was an eloquent testimony of the commitment of the organisation to partner with government, to ensure the protection of lives and property.

Adelusi-Adeluyi said that Lagos had always been blessed with visionary leaders who work day and night to ensure that they get things done in the right way.

He said that there was no doubt about the fact that the state had always set the pace when it comes to driving the socioeconomic development of Nigeria.

Adelusi-Adeluyi commended Ambode for the way he had handled the affairs of the state, and added that it was obvious that he was prepared for governance.