16th August, 2010
Governor Babatunde Fashola has said that crime rate has reduced by 75 per cent in Lagos State.
Speaking at the inauguration of some projects in Iba and Ojo council areas, Fashola attributed the feat to the anti-crime strategies of the Police and the state Neighbourhood Watch.
He commended the security agencies for effectively fighting crime in the state.
â€œ The crime rate in the state has been reduced by 75 percent. Both the Police and the Neigbourhood Watch have helped to nip crimes in the bud.
â€œReporting of serious criminal activities to the police has also improved and this has helped millions of residents and investors to carry out their activities under a conducive atmosphere.
â€œAll these have made Lagos State a preferred destination,â€ said Fashola, who was represented by the Special Adviser on Lagos Central Business District, Mr. Oyinlomo Danmole.
The governor urged the security agencies and the people to also ensure violence-free elections in 2011.
â€œWe urge everyone to be vigilant and report any untoward activity in their communities to the police as we approach the 2011 elections,â€ he said.
Fashola also appealed to the Community Development Associations (CDAs) to protect the projects from being vandalized.
The Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr. Olanrewaju Balogun, said the amenities were part of the 500 projects approved by the state government aimed at transforming the rural areas.
The Chairman, Nigeria Army Housing Estate CDA, Ojo-Alaba, Chief Olu Baiyekusi, thanked the state government for providing the community a 500KVA transformer.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the projects inaugurated included rural electrification, water schemes, neighbourhood watch posts, fish ponds and transformers.