10th March, 2011
Ahead of next monthâ€™s general elections in the state, the Lagos State Government has mobilised 6,000 Neighbourhood Watch, NW, officers to help ensure security and curb violence during the polls.
While onÂ parade at the Orientation Camp of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Orile Agege Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Lagos, South West Nigeria, on Tuesday, the 6,000 officers, were told by the Commissioner for Rural Development, Prince Lanre Balogun, that the election period was critical and that theirÂ services were urgently needed to ensure security of lives and property.
He challenged the officers to always protect lives and property in the state by carrying out frequent surveillance across the state in order to nip in the bud any problem that might derail the election.
â€œI believe you are equal to the task ahead, not only to protect Lagosians but to carry out surveillance in the state, especially now that elections are around the corner;Â there is need for individuals to also guard their votes jealously.
â€œI have the assurance of the governor that he will support you in all ramifications.Â We are approaching a historical event in the history of our nation and as agent of government, you must protect lives and property,â€ he said.
Balogun urged the NW officers to co-operate with other security agencies to prevent problems by promptly reporting to the police those who might want to foment trouble.
According to the commissioner, there is the need for the Neighbourhood Watch officers to know themselves and exchange contacts for the purpose of interaction to bring about development.
Balogun added that, although some of the officers might have advanced in age, their experience in security management is still very useful and should be explored.