The General Manager of Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency (LNSA) Prince (Dr.) Ifalade Oyekan has hinted that a partnership with the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) to complement the efforts of other security agencies guarding the State’s Waterways might emerge soon.
Oyekan spoke while receiving the General Manager of LASWA, Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, who was on a courtesy visit to the Agency at its Safety Arena Complex office, Bolade, Oshodi, describing a partnership between the two State’ agencies as a welcome development.
Emphasising that LNSA will work closely with LASWA to provide more security on Lagos Waterways, Prince Oyekan decried the high rate of criminal activities being perpetrated on Lagos waterways, including crude oil theft, drug peddling and kidnapping among others.
In his words: “The request of LASWA at this critical time is a welcome development. Just like LASWA, LAMATA had equally requested collaboration with the agency. LAMATA wants LNSA officers to be on board their bus and train services to provide security for the passengers”.
The General Manager maintained that the partnership with LASWA would berth new ideas in intelligence gathering by LNSA and go a long way in strengthening the security situation on Lagos waterways.
He thanked LASWA’s delegation for the visit and acknowledged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s support of the Agency, stressing that the State Government’s backing made LNSA accomplish significant success.
Earlier, the General Manager of LASWA, Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, commended LNSA for its ongoing rebranding, stating that safety and security are important to the socio-economic development of the State.
He expressed belief in collaboration with the Agency, stressing that partnering with LNSA will be beneficial to LASWA, particularly in the area of intelligence gathering, investigation and mitigation.
Speaking further, Emmanuel informed his host about the existence of its Waterways Guards and other security operatives on the Lagos waterways, noting, however, that there is a need for LNSA officers to be stationed at jetties and on boats for monitoring and enhanced security on the waterways.
Prince Oyekan gave an assurance that the State Waterways will be safer with the newly established Marine Corps of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Agency, just as he expressed his gratitude to Mr. Governor for his vision and magnanimity towards the institution.