Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital has announced that it will be employing 5,000 people to join its Neighbourhood Watchers.
The government disclosed that workers in the Neighbourhood Watchers programme will earn at least N25, 000 monthly with other allowances. The scheme will cost the state government a total of NGN150 million annually.
Commenting on the announcement, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said:
“There is a law that has just been passed which is the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps Law, 2016 and in line with the resolution taken by the House of Assembly yesterday, we would go all out to make sure that this agency is activated and all our neighborhoods will be covered, and then centralize with the State Government with all the necessary equipment and resources to ensure that we establish what we call community policing and that is the way to go.
“We will rebrand Neighborhood Watchers and re-equip them to the level that each Neighborhood Watchers in all the Local Governments will have their vehicles and necessary equipment to complement security. We are also working on employing additional 5,000 Neighborhood Watchers in all our Local Governments and they will be paid by us, while the basic salary for the entrance level will be N25,000 per month,” the Governor said.
Lagos state has been facing serious security risks coming across the state. Cases of kidnapping and criminal acts are threatening the economic stability of the state.