The Lagos State Government has stressed the need to involve a greater percentage of youths in addressing security challenges to ensure a safer and secure environment.
This was disclosed in a statement posted on the website of the Lagos State Government on Saturday.
According to the statement, the Secretary to the State Government, Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, made the call on Friday during her maiden meeting with the leadership of the Police Community Relations Committee, Lagos State Command held at the Cabinet Office, Alausa, Ikeja.
It read, “The SSG told the PCRC Chairman, Kehinde Showemimo, and the Supervising Heads of the 14 Area Commands that statistics have proven that Nigeria has a huge youth population and to enjoy the demographic dividends, the youth must be positively engaged as the future of the nation.
“She said, ‘The youths are known for their strength and energetic presence anywhere they are, and bringing them on board will further make the work of the PCRC and other stakeholders easier.’
“She added that the youths are also technologically savvy and can bring their knowledge to bear in the area of infrastructural security that will further change the narratives of security in Lagos State and Nigeria.
“The youths can also be engaged in carrying out the PCRC mandate of interfacing between the Police and the citizens.”
Salu-Hundeyin also used the opportunity to assure residents and investors of adequate security through collaboration with PCRC and other security agencies to enable a more secure Lagos.