29th March, 2011
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Alade Police Station in Somolu Local Government Area of Lagos, Nigeria, James Chu, has boosted water supply to the community by sinking a bore hole to be used by the people free of charge.
Commissioning the project recently, Chu said he sunk the bore hole toÂ encourage community policing and further cement the existing relationship between the police and members of the community who are to enjoy the social welfare initiative.
He expressed the hope that the bore hole will be void of political aggrandisement, self promotion or financial gains, but to launder the image of the police before the community and strongly support the saying that Police is your friend, which has now generated to Police is your family.
He expressed appreciation for the support given to the police by members of the community, who had earlier donated computer lap tops and other items to enhance police work and by giving useful information which had helped to hunt down criminals and hoodlums in the area.
Speaking with Lagos Bulletin at the occasion, the Iyaloja General of Somolu, Chief (Mrs.) Florence Modupe Olufojude, commended the effort of the DPO and his men, while pledging the continued support of market men and women as well as members of the community.
Some residents including Sola Kadri, Mr. Pappy Olatunde, the Publisher Somolu Global News, Prince Foster Akinpelu and the Manager, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Somolu branch, also commended the police for the kind gesture.
Members of the public who fetched water from the bore hole also commended the DPO, saying that Somolu has totally changed and can no longer be compared with what was obtained a few years past.
â€œHe works with open mind and does not hide his feelings. He has been able to bring sanity to Somolu,â€Â remarked Pappy Olatunde an elder in the area.
The event was witnessed by members of the Somolu Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), market women and men, Managing Director, Jopad Ventures, officials of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Somolu branch and commercial motorcycle operators, among others.