Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, reaffirmed his commitment to remain resolute to serve and justify the trust reposed in him, assuring that he would continue to work tirelessly to deliver good governance for the collective good of all Lagosians.
The governor, who spoke while rendering his account of stewardship at the Second Quarterly Town Hall Meeting at the City Hall, Lagos, said his administration will continue to stay true to its overall policy built on a tripod of security, infrastructure development and job creation.
Addressing a large gathering of party chieftains, captains of industry, members of the diplomatic corps, top government functionaries, as well as market men and women, Governor Ambode said his administration was fully aware that a safer Lagos would attract more investments from local and foreign investors, hence he kept to his promise in the first quarter to improve on the security in the state with investment in security equipment worth over N4.7billion.
The governor said that the investment in the security equipment had led to the reduction of crime rate in the state by 65 per cent in the last quarter of 2015.
“I am happy to report that our state is a lot safer today as statistics shows that crime rate has reduced by 65 per cent during the last quarter compared to 2014,” he said.
Governor Ambode said his administration, in another spirited effort to tackle crime, invested towards the “Light Up Lagos” project, which had since restored light on major highways and inner roads in the state at night.
He said an Advisory Committee on Power, chaired by the Deputy Governor, was also set up to keep faith with the promise to ensure that every nook and cranny of the state is lit up, just as he urged residents to key into the project in return for a reward.
His words: “In the past few months, we have fixed street lights from Berger in Ojodu to Lekki, Ikorodu to Lagos Island, the entire Ikeja axis, Victoria Island and Ikoyi. We are taking this project to every part of the state. If we are not yet in your neighbourhood, give us a little time; we will soon be there. As we light up the State, we expect crime to reduce as criminals will have nowhere to hide and operate. I call on individuals and corporate bodies to join our Light Up Lagos project by adopting a street and lighting it up either by connecting it to your meter or your generator. In return, these individuals and institutions will receive special concessions on Land Use Charge and commendation from the State and Local Governments”.