Facilitating safety and security in Lagos State
Lagos: The safest, most secure and most prosperous commercial location in Africa
P - Prudence
A - Accountability
R - Resourcefulness
T - Trust
The Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) was established by the Law of the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2007 to source for resources in cash and kind from corporate organizations (Public & Private) and well-meaning individuals to support security agencies with crime fighting equipment.
This was done against the backdrop of the findings and recommendations of the Musiliu Smith led committee, to provide a clear vehicle through which to institutionalize an enduring Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach to the resource problems of security institutions in the State.
The PPP approach was adopted as a model for the Fund due to the expertise and operational procedures that exist in the private sector and to allow for ease of business and effective and efficient running of the Fund.
The LSSTF objective is to provide money for the acquisition and deployment of security equipment, human, material and financial resources necessary for the effective functioning of all Federal, State, Local government security agencies operating in Lagos State and also for the training and retraining of these security operatives.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE LSSTF
The Board of Trustees of the Fund comprises of 80% representatives from the private sector and 20% representatives from the Public Sector. The Fund is headed by a Chairman, while the day-to-day administration of the Fund managed by the Executive Secretary/CEO. All of these members are meticulously appointed by the Governor of the State.
FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
ADVISE THE GOVERNOR ON:
SOURCES OF FUNDS
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE FUND DOES NOT RECEIVE ANY SUBVENTION FROM GOVERNMENT.
AGENCIES SUPPORTED BY THE LSSTF
The Fund supports security agencies across the State including, the Lagos State Police Command particularly the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), OPMESA (comprising of the Army, Navy and Air force), Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC), Marine Police, Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Anti-Bomb Squad, Department of State Security (DSS), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Prison Service (NPS), Immigrations Service, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and other security agencies which are all the primary responsibilities of the Federal Government.
Over the years, the LSSTF has been able to provide the resources, logistics and equipment needed to achieve a safe and secure environment which has translated to the following;
Lagosians and indeed, all Nigerians have longed to live in a safe and secure society. The blame for the rate of crime in the country has been hitherto laid on the security agencies and the Police in particular. However, the findings of the Security Committee headed by Alhaji Musiliu Smith has revealed that the deficiencies in crime prevention boil down to only one thing – FUNDING.
Therefore, the funds donated to LSSTF from private corporations and individuals go towards providing basic equipment to the security agencies operating in and around Lagos State. It has been discovered that when properly equipped, the response of the security agencies improves 100%. Also, statistics show that the crime rate in Lagos State has reduced since the establishment of the Fund.
As more funds are donated, the LSSTF will continue to provide essential logistics and provide additional resources for the security operatives. With your help, we are meeting our objectives for security and law enforcement in Lagos.
Thank you for helping make Lagos State safer.