In an effort to beef up security, the police command in Lagos State on Tuesday inaugurated a marine police post at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
At the event, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, lauded the university’s management for building the police post, saying that it was a right step in the right direction.
The commissioner who was represented by ASP Tijani Fatai in charge of Area C, Surulere, said that security of lives and property of Lagos residents, remained a priority.
“We are here to commission UNILAG’s Marine Police Post built by the management of this institution.
“As determined as we are to ensure that there is safety, peace and tranquillity around the entire state, the coastal areas are not left out.
“The aim is to ensure that residents, no matter where they are, are safe and will go about their activities without any hindrance.
“This has been one of our core mandates, and we have been working assiduously to ensure that this is achieved,’’ he said.
Odumosu said that the command had established a robust work relationship with the university.
“The institution’s management has been supportive whenever it comes to security and other matters; therefore, we shall do all within our means to keep this collaboration going,” he said.
UNILAG’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for support and constant interventions in the institution.
“I want to express my delight in getting this project actualised.
“Let me thank President Muhammadu Buhari for all the concerns he has shown this university overtime and this project specifically,’’ Ogundipe said.
He also thanked the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for support.
“This project, which is the reason we are gathered here today, was funded by the TETFund grant we got,” he said.
He expressed the hope that the establishment of the police post would strengthen the university’s security network.
“I know that the police also have their gunboats around Iwaya, Makoko, Oworosoki and the Third Mainland Bridge; so, if we have to compliment that security network, that will go along way to benefit us.
“In terms of work relations with the police, I will like to say it has been very cordial and robust. They have been giving us the support we need.
“I must, therefore, say we acknowledge their support as we believe that we will continue to work together for the betterment of this great country,” Ogundipe said.