As part of the plans to boost security across the State, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has announced plans to recruit 5,000 Neighbourhood Watchers in the State. The process InsideMainland gathered will earn the new recruits an expected sum of N25, 000 monthly with other allowances.
Ambode revealed this during the 3rd Quarter 2016 Town Hall Meeting which held at the Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, today, Tuesday, October 11, 2016.
While stressing that the process is part of the efforts to institutionalise and deepen community policing in the State, Ambode said that “there is a law that has just been passed which is the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps Law, 2016 and in line with the resolution taken by the House of Assembly, we would go all out to make sure that this agency is activated and all our neighborhoods will be covered, and then centralize with the State Government with all the necessary equipment and resources to ensure that we establish what we call community policing and that is the way to go.”
“We will rebrand Neighborhood Watchers and re-equip them to the level that each Neighborhood Watchers in all the Local Governments will have their vehicles and necessary equipment to complement security. We are also working on employing additional 5,000 Neighborhood Watchers in all our Local Governments and they will be paid by us, while the basic salary for the entrance level will be N25, 000 per month,” he added.
You will recall that Ambode signed into law, the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps Law 2016 after it passed the ratification process in the House of Assembly few weeks ago.