US donates security equipment to Lagos State

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In fulfilment of its pledge, the US government Friday donated some security equipment to Nigeria's Lagos State to boost crime fighting.
The equipment, including 44 bullet-proof vests, 48 VHF radios, 140 flashlights, 150 raincoats and 150 all-weather boots, were presented to State governor Bola Tinubu by the US Consul-General in Lagos, Robyn Hinson-Jones at a ceremony in Ikeja, the State capital.
The equipment were provided by the Office of Transition Initiatives of the US Agency for International Development and the US State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
Making the presentation, Hinson-Jones applauded the "impressive commitment to fighting crime through community involvement, mobilisation and improved professionalism of the police shown by the State administration of Governor Bola Tinubu".
She also thanked Nigeria's federal government and the Inspector-General of Police for their responsiveness to the crime problem in Lagos, particularly in offering protection to the diplomatic community.
Thanking the US government for the donation, Tinubu recalled the pledge made by US Ambassador to Nigeria, Howard Jeter, during a recent visit to the State.
"It is indeed gratifying that we are already seeing concrete action in this regard within a very short time," Tinubu said, and described the donation as "an inspiring example of our responsibility towards each other as members of a common global community that must be kept safe for all".
"The Lagos State government is greatly encouraged by the supportive gesture of the US in our fight against crime," he added.
The governor said one of the highest priorities of his administration was the provision of effective and efficient security for the more than 13 million residents of the State, which hosted the federal government until it moved to the new capital city of Abuja.
"As a government, we owe everyone who lives in this State a duty to create a safe environment for them to pursue their legitimate business and we have been working hard to achieve this despite serious constitutional constraints," Tinubu said.
He was referring to the country's unitary police system, which the governor has criticised for hampering the efforts by the 36 federated States to provide security for their people.
Tinubu used the occasion to push his agenda for the creation of State police.
"We have come to the firm conclusion that a unitary police structure cannot serve the diverse needs of a federal entity like Nigeria," the governor argued.

28 september 2001 13:25:00




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