Digital policing: Lagos builds 100 ICT centres for police
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
Lagos State Governor Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) has begun handing over 100 Information Technology Centres to police stations in the state, with two stations in the Ogudu Police Area Command.
Governor Fashola, in company of his deputy, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, state Police Commissioner Mr Kayode Aderanti, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs Nike Animashaun, said the centres, equipped with solar power, were being put in place to enhance the judicial process by assisting the Police to decongest their stations of exhibits, especially abandoned vehicles, which hitherto hampered traffic flow in the state.
He disclosed that each police station was being equipped with two computers and specially trained personnel to man the accessories, digital camera, Digital Assert Management Systems Software (DAMS), two KW Solar installations, adding that: “from now on, records of all exhibits in our police stations will be captured and stored in the computers’ databases for ease of access and retrieval of relevant exhibits for effective prosecution of all cases.’’
The governor said that in spite of the remarkable decline in the crime rate in Lagos, the state government will not relent in living up to its main responsibilities of securing lives and properties in the state. He thanked Mr Aderanti for embracing the project on assumption of office, adding that ‘’this is the merit in continuity in governance.’’
He disclosed that the state, in partnership with security agencies was set to take its wide-ranging crime-reduction strategies to another level with the recent provision of digital cameras to police men and impending addition of state of the art squad cars fully equipped with computers on board.
He commended what he described as the invaluable support of the private sector to the government through the gestures extended to the state’s Security Trust Fund, adding that ‘’this gesture should be emulated by all the citizens as they promptly fulfil their civic obligations of paying their taxes as at when due.’’
The Commissioner of Police, who conveyed the appreciation of the Inspector General of Police, noted that the state government had once again recorded another first in the realm of policing with the ICT project, assuring that his men will reciprocate the gesture by putting the equipment to use in the on-going effort to combat crimes and preserve law and order in the state.