'Why We Have Old Men In Neighbourhood Watch


Development, Prince Lanre Balogun has defended the inclusion of old men in the  grassroots security outfit, Neighbourhood Watch, NW, saying the outfit cannot work  with only young people.

Balogun spoke when his ministry honoured 72-year old Action Congress of Nigeria,   Vice Chairman, Lagos State, Sakiru Seriki.

Seriki was decorated with the NW uniform, thus, making him a NW ambassador for his  contribution to development of grassroots security in Lagos State, southwest  Nigeria.

According to Balogun, the old men were brought into the NW outfit because of their  experience in grassroots security which the younger ones lack, stressing that there  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 the  outfit, it would help the younger members of NW to gain useful experience in  grassroots security, adding that the younger ones were often sent to provide  security in offices and disaster zones.

The commissioner, however, said the NW had helped a lot in creating employment  opportunities for able bodiaed youths and had, to a very large extent, reduced the  number of unemployed graduates and school leavers in the state.

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“It has helped in bringing back the lost glory of yester-years in Lagos State in the  area of security and safety of lives and property.   Neighbourhood Watch has taken  the bull by the horn by leading the crusade to curb crime in Lagos State,” he said.

The commissioner stated that the support granted to the outfit by Governor Babatunde  Fashola had been very encouraging and deeply reflected in the commitment of the  administration in fostering impactful development in the security outfit.

He added that the outfit had been complementing the efforts of the police in the  area of ensuring adequate security in the state.

“In some states, the banks have refused to open due to insecurity.   Our  Neigbourhood Watch has been able to link up with the police to curb crime in the  state,” he said.

Commenting on the honour accorded him, Seriki said he never expected it, adding that  he had been able to contribute his quota towards the development of grassroots  security, while he dedicated the award to the people of Epe.

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