Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Yesterday asked security agencies in the country to scale up intelligence gathering and information sharing to tackle criminal activities.
While also calling for synergy in analysing opportunities and threats to national security, as well as the most effective methods to nip security breaches in the bud, he declared open the third quarterly meeting of the Federal and State Security Administrators’ forum at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa, Ikeja.
Represented by his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, Ambode said there was the need for security agencies to re-invigorate their intelligence gathering mechanisms for effectiveness.
He said, “It is our duty to secure the territorial integrity of our country. This is the reason we have the mandate of the people to serve as leaders and keepers of public trust.
“As we approach the ‘ember’ months, let us review our security surveillance and intelligence gathering frameworks to ensure peace and serenity across the land. Notwithstanding the glaring economic challenges, there is still light at the end of the tunnel.”
The governor, who recalled the massive investment of his administration in purchase of security equipment, assured of continuous commitment of the state government to offer required support to security agencies.
He said, “We are aware of the changing dynamics of crime across our country. This ranges from attacks by marauding herdsmen, who have killed many people; the rash of kidnappings, which is rapidly becoming the norm; to the disturbing sabotage of government economic infrastructure, which has resulted in huge financial haemorrhage that has impacted negatively on revenue generation with the attendant implications on our economy in the face of a global recession.”