25th October, 2010
Development, Prince Lanre Balogun has defended the inclusion of old men in theÂ grassroots security outfit, Neighbourhood Watch, NW, saying the outfit cannot workÂ with only young people.
Balogun spoke when his ministry honoured 72-year old Action Congress of Nigeria,Â Â Vice Chairman, Lagos State, Sakiru Seriki.
Seriki was decorated with the NW uniform, thus, making him a NW ambassador for hisÂ contribution to development of grassroots security in Lagos State, southwestÂ Nigeria.
According to Balogun, the old men were brought into the NW outfit because of theirÂ experience in grassroots security which the younger ones lack, stressing that thereÂ was no way they could be done away with as far as grassroots security is concerned.
He stated that when the old men in the outfit bring their experience to bear in theÂ outfit, it would help the younger members of NW to gain useful experience inÂ grassroots security, adding that the younger ones were often sent to provideÂ security in offices and disaster zones.
The commissioner, however, said the NW had helped a lot in creating employmentÂ opportunities for able bodiaed youths and had, to a very large extent, reduced theÂ number of unemployed graduates and school leavers in the state.
â€œIt has helped in bringing back the lost glory of yester-years in Lagos State in theÂ area of security and safety of lives and property.Â Â Neighbourhood Watch has takenÂ the bull by the horn by leading the crusade to curb crime in Lagos State,â€ he said.
The commissioner stated that the support granted to the outfit by Governor BabatundeÂ Fashola had been very encouraging and deeply reflected in the commitment of theÂ administration in fostering impactful development in the security outfit.
He added that the outfit had been complementing the efforts of the police in theÂ area of ensuring adequate security in the state.
â€œIn some states, the banks have refused to open due to insecurity.Â Â OurÂ Neigbourhood Watch has been able to link up with the police to curb crime in theÂ state,â€ he said.
Commenting on the honour accorded him, Seriki said he never expected it, adding thatÂ he had been able to contribute his quota towards the development of grassrootsÂ security, while he dedicated the award to the people of Epe.