Why Lagos doesn’t have Amotekun – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has given a progress update on the implementation of his administration’s THEMES agenda ahead of his marks his second year in office.

Project T.H.E.M.E.S, an acronym for his administration’s six strategic development agenda namely, Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy, Entertainment and Tourism as well as Security and Governance.

The Governor assured that his administration is committed to completing the construction of rail lines in the state before the end of his do year tenure.

His words, “We have in the last two years created, on an ongoing basis, an opportunity where we can utilise the three modes of transportation that is available for us in Lagos-rail, roads and waterways. For the rail, we have not completed it, but I will start by saying that we are certain that before the end of our four years tenure, rail will move in Lagos.”

On Amotekun, he explained that the modalities of Lagos State cannot be compared with other states in the South-West region. He added that Lagos State already has an existing security outfit that performs the roles of Amotekun.

He said, “I was part of the conversation but even while we were having the conversations, my colleagues did mentioned, and clearly so, that, Lagos you have what we want to replicate, which is your Neighbourhood Watch outfit, it is pretty much around that.

“Secondly, it was also an idea born out of forest and border issues. Lagos. Fortunately or unfortunately, has only two borders-Atlantic Ocean and Ogun State. And Ogun State is not in any form a forest, its all being community built-up, and the terrain of Lagos, also does not equally support heavy forestry. So, in terms of the structure and what it is meant to achieve, we do not fully fall into that geographical enclave, but we are in sympathy support of it.”



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