The Lagos State Police Command has lauded the bold initiative taken by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to increase the death insurance premium of members of the force who die on active duty to N10 million , a move which will spur policemen in Lagos to further demonstrate more commitment in discharging their statutory roles, the Command has told Nigerian NewsDirect.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, SP. Dolapo Opeyemi Badmus in a chat with Nigerian NewsDirect said it is crystal clear that issues concerning security of lives and properties tops Governor Ambode’s agenda in Lagos, hence the adequate death insurance provision made for the gallant officers who put their lives on the line daily to checkmate assaults and crimes in the state.
“It’s a welcome development and the command really appreciates Gov. Ambode’s sensitivity to matters of security. What this will do is that it would spur us in putting in our best to ensure lives and properties are protected. We appreciate the governor and the Lagos State government generally.”
She reiterated that Policemen swore an oath to put his or her on the line to secure the lives and properties of the citizenry. “It doesn’t mean we have not been putting our lives on the line before now, but this will further motivate us to do better. From day one, we have sworn to go the extra mile, up to the point of death, but this is like a motivation to even do more.” SP. Dolapo said.
Last week, Governor Ambode, while being presented with two awards won recently in South Africa by the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the State Police Command as the best anti-crime Squad in West Africa, at the Lagos House, Ikeja had said his administration was raising the stake of death insurance policy from N1million for the rank and file and N2million for senior officers to N10 million.
Ambode’s words: “Recently, we lost some police officers due to no fault of theirs and then some form of accidental incidents across the state.
“I have directed the State’s Pension Office and the Office of the Chief of Staff that we are going to increase the payment that we make to officers that die active service and then we are increasing that irrespective of whether you are a junior or senior officer, if you die in active service, the payment that will be made by the state government is being increased to N10 million from this moment onward,” the Governor said.
Reacting further, the Lagos State Command PPRO, SP. Dolapo told NewsDirect that judging by the governor’s antecedents on matters of security, there is no need to doubt this public announcement that he had made.
“Considering his antecedents and concerns towards a secure Lagos, there is no need to doubt the governor in fulfilling this promise. We believe since he has said it, he will do it,” she said.