We’ll use technology to fight crimes —Sanwo-Olu

Babajide Sanwo-Olu has restated his administration’s commitment to adopt technology to fight crimes in the state, saying the state government plans to build a one-stop technology hub where data would be collated for efficiency in the handling of security issues.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Tuesday while speaking at the 13th Annual Town Hall Meeting on security, which was organised by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), with the theme, “Transformational Security.”

The town hall event is organised as a feedback mechanism where residents and other stakeholders in the security framework converge to get a first-hand report on the state of security as well as a forum for fundraising towards improving the security situation in the state.

“The Trust Fund will be taking a higher responsibility and new initiatives will take place. We are going to build a smart city project. We will use technology to ensure that the state remains safe. We will build data rooms and install lots of security cameras across the state.

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“Other security apparatus will be complementing the work of the police. Lagos State is working with other neighbouring states.

“In partnership with all the states in the South-Western region, a regional security outfit code-named ‘Amotekun,’ has been established to combat banditry and kidnapping. This group will work interstate and all modern gadgets and facilities will be provided. It will make it impossible for anyone to abscond to the neighbouring state after an offence in one state,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.

“We are revamping our command and control centre. We are doing a complete overhaul of this centre,” he added.
The governor further said that focus had been placed on the youth of the state to ensure that they were placed in a position where they would voluntarily shun cultism as nexus had been established between young people and security.

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