This report was firstly posted in 2016 and reposted for other related matter soon to be post.
Security is everybody business and being sensitive to strange movements around our communities is the changed expected from the member of the public and chief security officer of the state and our local government are expected to be proactive in addressing security challenges in our respective communities.
But the member of the public don’t pay attention to simple security details”I don’t care syndrome” and few that pays attention for fear of being attacked and lack of protection of information confidentiality by security agents has changed people altitude in passing needful information to the apt quarters against those who constituted society vices.
And security agents who are to work on the information gathered from the public lacks training and retraining on how best to use the piece of the information received, lack of tools and equipment’s, finance, personnel, and the required motivation to them to work psychologically happily.
The issue of security was prompted as a result of arm robbers, rapist, burglary, drug addicted persons and carjack er that infiltrated kosofe robbing people of their valuables without hindrance late last year.
The chief security of officer of kosofe is the kosofe local government chairman.
The function of LG chairman as head Under Police/community relations committee (PCRC)is;
To regularly assess the performance of police force in their task of maintenance of law and order.
To suggest areas of improvement to the police and to assist in achieving closer raPport with police force.
To serve as avenue for providing useful information to the police and to improve their image of the police in the publics and other related issues.
The composition of the PCRC is as follows:
Local govt chairman- Chairman
Vice chairman of the LG – Member
President of the emirate/traditional council/ reps -Member
The most senior police Officer in the LGA. -Member
One rep of the christian Association of Nigeria. -Member
One rep of the muslimOrganization of Nigeria. -Member
President of the hoteliers Association. -Member
President of market association. Member
One reps of the non indigenes association. Member
Two community leaders- Member
Secretary to the Local government. Secretary.
But kosofe Lg currently lacks constitutionally elected and recognized LG chairman to carry the above functions and give purposeful leadership directions.
In other to nip in bud the now trending house to house robbery in kosofe and other related crimes, the state government and the LG chairman must reviewed the security architecture at the grassroots.
An elected chairman or LG chief security officer who will be held responsible for insecurity in the LGAS must be known.
Appointed executive secretaries of the LG/LCDas without the total authority and power as enshrined in the constitution of FRN will not make them to effectively dealt with security menace because they lack the logistics or resources to do so.
Oworonshoki was among the area’s where residents lives in fears of hooligans, robbers etc. Anthony village community recently joined When team of robbers robbed residents door to door uninterrupted.
For many reasons the LG chairman can not totally tackle the insecurity due lack of autonomy, poor funding from abuja,alleged deductions by the state governors under the pre tex of Joint account committee.
Failure of the state to allocate 20% of its internally generated revenue to the LGs within the state,was another factor that handcuffed the chairmen
Until few of these obstruction is removed before the insecurity within the LGS/Lcdas can be totally stopped or minimized.
An estimate of costs, revenues, and resources over a specified period,
reflecting a reading of future financial conditions and goals;One of the most important administrative tools, a budget serves also as a; plan of action for achieving quantified objectives, standard for measuring performance, and device for coping with foreseeable adverse situations(like the projected drop in crude oil price between $30 to $20).
We all know the implications if the president Mohammed buhari or the state governor akinwunmi ambode fails to present annually budget at the apt time. It will affect the social economy and political development and growth of the state. The opposition will use the lack of budget by the government as a fighting tools to fire the ruling government from all directions.
Opinion leaders, economists, opposition parties, businessmen and foreign investors based their business decisions on country’s or states of interest budget.
The way the president Mohammed buhari and governor akinwunmi respectively presented their 2016 budget to the lawmakers. Same are expected from the 774 LGs in the country. Lagos state in focus and kosofe local government in particularly, but reverse is the case over the years.
It will be recalled sometimes in 2012 when kosofepost requested for the annually kosofe LG budget under the former Lg chairman Babatunde,( Read more here http://bit.ly/ ) It was ignored but later gave birth to the famous” Annual stakeholders meeting for budget deliberations like the one held last month by kosofe executive secretary.
A meeting where CDc,cdas , and community stakeholders leaders will be called upon to present their communities needs. Whereby probability of implementing their needs is not guaranteed. Which proved that the essence of those meetings are for showmanship. Kosofe LG budget should be an open budget, but since 1999 it has remained a secret budget. During the period the request was made for an open budget.the oil price was still doing pretty well .
kosofe Lg (Agboyi ketu&ikosi isheri inclusive) received Average of #400million monthly. Whether the state governor give back 20% back to the LGs/LCDAS as constitutionally mandated and the monthly IGR of the LG has been a secret under oath not tobe made known to the public. It can be best described as the more you asked, The less answers you get.
The system wasn’t created by the elected or appointed LG chairman or ,lcdas executive secretaries but a joint conspiracy between the state house of assembly and the state government aided by apathy, prejudice, hostility and ignorant of the citizens of lacking the knowledge to request for information as a tax payer.
To this end, Kosofe LG and the lcdas in kosofe appointed executive secretaries must pay attention to security of the entire local government by working with all the security agents, traditional leaders, community leaders ,cdas and brainstorm on how to tackle the reported and unreported robbery attacks.
The former local government Mr. Babatunde sofola ,should be commended for laying foundation of the annual stakeholders meeting on needs deliberations, not budget. The executive secretaries or would be the future LG chairman should make it an open budget rather than secretive one.