The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has called for synergy among security agencies to make Lagos safer place for residents and visitors.
The Governor who spoke on Thursday while receiving the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Lagos, Major-General Godwin Umelo, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Marina, commended the role of the Nigerian Army in the security of lives and properties in the State.
“Lagos is peculiar and we have our own security needs. We are working with the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Police and other security agencies to continue to ensure that Lagos is safe and secure for investors, visitors and residents of the state.
“The work is tough but we want to promise you that we will cooperate with you and support you like we supported your predecessor for you to be successful in your assignment as the GOC of 81 Division, Nigerian Army,” he said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, for the work he is doing in terms of addressing security challenges in the country.
While commending the immediate past GOC of the Division, Major General Johnson Olu Irefin, he described him as “a worthy ambassador of the Nigerian Army, who did his best during his assignment in Lagos.”
Gov Sanwo-Olu added that Major General Irefin’s role in the Lagos State Security Council, as the former GOC proved to be a true officer and gentleman, adding that he was responsive to issues of security in Lagos State.
In his remark, Major-General Umelo promised more support to aid the security of lives and properties of Lagosians, noting that Lagos State and Nigerian Army are partners in progress.
He also commended the governor for his support and assistance to the military in Lagos State.
Major General Umelo said the courtesy visit was necessary for him to be able to introduce and familiarise himself with Governor Sanwo-Olu.
Umelo took over two weeks ago from Gen Irefin who was redeployed to 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, as the General Officer Commanding (GOC).