The need to partner with relevant stakeholders especially the private sector the realization of government’s effort to achieve peace and security in the Country has been emphasized.
Hon. Sam Osasa the Executive Secretary Delta State Security Trust Fund made this assertion in Lagos State, when he led the management team of the Delta State Security Trust Fund on a working visit to its Lagos counterpart, the Lagos State Security Trust Fund( LSSTF ) recently.
Hon. Osasa said the vision of the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa in getting the Delta State Security Trust Fund to become functional in Delta State is to ensure that the State Government properly focus on providing the conducive environment with the necessary working tools for all Security Agents and Agencies operating within Delta State.
While stating that the Delta State Security Trust Fund delegation was in Lagos State Security Trust Fund to understudy the LSSTF to replicate the agencyʻs success in Delta State, Hon. Osasa appreciated the LSSTF for opening its doors to the DSSTF.
He emphasized that the Delta State Security Trust Fund and the Lagos State Security Trust Fund are government machineries set up to tackle the underfunding of Security Agencies in the country which has had the multiplier effect on Security Agencies and Agents being handicapped in effectively discharging their security duties.
Hon. Osasa, however, said that the Delta State Security Trust Fund though established by law years ago, is only becoming functional with the structures, personnel and funding it requires to achieve its mandate only because of the commitment of His Excellency the Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa who has the understanding of the importance of having a secured State and environment for the economy to thrive.
Responding, Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) said the peaceful atmosphere and security of lives and property being enjoyed in Lagos State is largely attributed to the massive support by the Lagos State Government and the Lagos State private sector through the LSSTF to security agencies.
Dr. Balogun said that the creation of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund was necessitated by the increasing menace of crime in Lagos State and the inability of Security Agencies particularly the Police to tackle these crimes without adequate equipments.
He pointed out that the Lagos State Security Trust Fund like the Delta State Security Trust Fund has the major objective to “provide funding for the acquisition and deployment of security equipments and other resources as shall be found necessary for the effective functioning of all Federal, State, Local Government and other Security Agencies operating in Lagos State while training and retraining security Personnel”. This, he said the LSSTF has done with great commitment and dedication which has culminated in the success of the LSSTF today.
Dr. Balogun also said that the LSSTF has enjoyed the level of success thus far because the agency was deliberately modeled as a Public/Private Partnership (PPP) approach in order to create autonomy for the fund, to ease the LSSTF of administrative processes and to encourage private sector participation to achieve quick and easy response to the needs of Security Agencies to combat crime as the urgency arises for LSSTFʻs assistance and interventions. He appealed to the Delta State Government to fully “buy in” to the Delta State Security Trust Fund and make security funding and support paramount in its SMART Agenda.