The Lagos State Government has challenged officers of the Neighbourhood Watch in the state on the need to secure lives and properties in their domain during these Ember months.
Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr. Cornelius Ojelabi gave this charge on Thursday in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, at a monthly stakeholder meeting with Neighbourhood Watchers and community development associations.
He said some miscreants normally capitalise on the Ember months to rob people of their belongings.
Ojelabi said it was the duties of the officers to secure communities by being vigilant and giving out valuable information to “the police, LASTMA and other enforcement agencies.
“Apart from private engagements, we are going to celebrate Sallah, Christmas and the New Year at this period. You must make it enjoyable for Lagosians. This is the time to show your relevance.”
The commissioner added that government was not satisfied with the rate at which ” PHCN cables were being stolen in the rural communities.”
He appealed to the officers to eradicate the trend.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa urged the officers to master the restricted routes in the state and help the government to enforce the new traffic law.