The Chairman, Ifelodun local council development area of Lagos State, Hon. Shuaib Ajidagba, has said that security of lives and property of residents of the council remains his administration’s first priority.
Ajidagba stated this in a chat with newsmen shortly after receiving a ‘Public Safety Award’ presented by organisers of the Nigeria Safety Award for Excellence (9jaSAFE) in his office on Wednesday.
He said that no meaningful development could occur in an insecure environment, hence his administration’s commitment to ensuring the safety of the populace through the provision of adequate security.
“In running of a government, security is first priority. It is one of the things you put into consideration.
“Without security, there is no safe place to construct roads, health centres or build schools. Without security, you cannot achieve anything.
“That is why security is uppermost in our mind,” Ajidagba said.
The council boss said that his administration would continue to work closely with the relevant security agencies to nip any security challenge in the council in the bud.
Also, he expressed gratitude to 9jaSAFE Award’s organisers for considering him worthy of the safety award.
“I really appreciate (the award). I feel happy and encouraged. I appreciate them.
“If the government is not okay, they will not come here to give me an award.
“Anybody that is giving you an award is telling you to add more to what you have been doing.
“An award is not meant to be displayed alone; it is speaking to you to add more effort as some people are watching you.”
Earlier, the Coordinator of 9jaSAFE Award, Mr Paul Mbagwu, who presented the award certificate and plaque to the council chairman, said that the organisation decided to confer the award on Ajidagba for his demonstrable commitment to security and cleaner environment in the council.
He noted that these had helped to make Ifelodun LCDA a safer place for residents and visitors.
Furthermore, Mbagwu lauded the council chairman for embarking on a project to ensure that all government buildings, public schools, markets and other public buildings in the council were equipped with fire extinguishers.
He noted that the Head of Administration of the council, Mr Tunde Ojikutu, was also conferred with a ‘Commendation Award’ for showing commitment to health and safety of the council’s workers.