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NEWS FLASH: Lagos Set To Recruit 5,000 Neigbourhood Watchers for Community Policing

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has unveiled plans by the state government to select no less than 5,000 neighborhood watchers. 

This move is to reinforce security around the State. The new recruits are required to earn N25,000  per month with different stipends. 

Ambode, who talked at the third Quarter 2016 Town Hall Meeting in Lagos said the Safety Agency Bill which he marked into Law on August 15, 2016, was in a bid to extend community policing in the State. 

In an announcement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, he said the state government was making the move taking into account the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps Law, 2016 and a determination by the House of Assembly. 

He said, "We would go full scale to ensure that this organization is enacted and every one of our neighborhoods will be secured, and afterward incorporate with the state government with all the essential hardware and assets to guarantee that we set up what we call group policing.

"We will re-mark Neighborhood Watchers and re-prepare them to the level that every Neighborhood Watchers in all the Local Governments will have their vehicles and essential hardware to supplement security. 

"We are likewise dealing with utilizing extra 5,000 Neighborhood Watchers in all our Local Governments and they will be paid by us, while the essential remuneration  for entry level will be N25, 000 every month." 

He included that the state government would reveal all its programs – focused at helping adolescents, artisans and the poor – one week from now. 

"We will reveal all our  programs promptly to help all our childhood, artisans and the destitute. The money for the N500m Lagos State Persons Living with Disability Fund has been given and recipients will begin getting support from this quarter," he said.