Lagos State Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr. Cornelius Ojelabi, has urged Community Development Associations and Community Development Committees to partner the government on security.
He said such collaborations would go a long way in maintaining peace and security in their communities to engender socio-economic development in the state.
Ojelabi said this at the April edition of the monthly interactive session of his ministry with chairmen and executive members of CDCs and officials of Neighbourhood Watch in the 57 councils of the state.
According to the commissioner, the government cannot do it alone and as a result they too must come on board and be involved in the policing and surveillance of their areas.
He noted that it was only when their communities were peaceful that the government could come and site projects there.
He urged them to give information to the relevant agencies responsible for security if they noticed any community members posing any security risks in their areas.
Ojelabi said the habit of covering the evil doers due to fear of being molested should be stopped as information given to the Neighbourhood Watch in their areas would be kept.
He noted that the Neighbourhood Watch would immediately act on the information by sending it to the appropriate authorities, that is, the police.
He urged them to sensitise their people to the dangers of blocking the drainage channels with refuse.
In her remarks, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Blood Transfusion Agency, Dr. Modupe Olaiya, who was one of the facilitators, urged the people to donate blood voluntarily and regularly to help the sick in the community who might need blood transfusion.
She noted that blood donated freely are always better than those that are donated by touts.
She appealed to the people to stop recruiting touts to donate blood to them when the need arose.