Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, today, stated that his administration is spreading economic opportunities round the state to ensure even development and reduce crime in the state.
The Governor who was represented the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, when a team from the United Kingdom Royal College of Defence Studies visited him at the Secretariat, Ikeja, said the strategy is aimed at ensuring that the city centre is not congested due to overpopulation and influx of people in need of a better life.
Ambode said despite the fact that Lagos is the smallest in size but the commercial nerve centre of West Africa with over 20 million people; the administration has invested enormously in provision of logistics support to the various security agencies to make them better prepared to confront criminals and criminal elements.
He explained that the present administration in Lagos has also ensured that the towns and cities in the hinterlands are provided with the basic necessities of life and fully secured to keep criminals at bay.
Speaking earlier, the Head of the Delegation from the United Kingdom Royal College of Defence Studies, Major General Craig Lawrence said the team was in Lagos as part of its visit to Nigeria to learn about how Lagos has been able to achieve prosperity in security despite the challenges of insurgency and other crimes.
He added that the team would also want to learn a thing or two from the State Government on how the strategies being adopted by the security agencies in tackling crimes like kidnapping so that such can be replicated in their home countries.