The Director-General, DG, Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre, PSSDC, Olufunmi Ajose-Harrison at the weekend charged residents of Lagos State to be security conscious and protect government properties in their domains.
He spoke at the closing ceremony of three-day training on “Effective Policing of Government Property,” and “Effective Speech and Report Writing,” held at the PSSDC, Magodo, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
According to Ajose-Harrison, as Lagos moved from mega city to a Smart City status, security of lives and properties was key and that residents of the state must be alert and be security conscious at all time.
“As we move to Smart City, security is key and we need to train and fortify people with the knowledge of security. Our security personnel must be trained and everybody must be security conscious. It is about safety of our communities,” he said.
The PSSDC boss urged members of the community to cooperate with security agencies in order to police the grassroots and keep the communities safe.
He also said there was the need for public enlightenment to sensitise the people to protect government properties from being vandalised, adding that a mindset change would be key in orientating the people to change for the better.
Ajose-Harrison charged the participants of the two training workshops, who are members of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps and other staff of the Lagos State Government to ensure that they put what they had learnt in the three-day training into practice for the benefit of the public.
He charged them to have positive mindset in order to achieve results in their chosen fields, saying that the PSSDC would not rest on its oar in a bid to ensure that it sharpen the skills of government workers to benchmark international practice and standard.
“You must be good ambassadors. You must demonstrate good knowledge of what you have learnt. You must make sure you go the extra mile to achieve your goals,” he urged the participants.
However, the participants on “Effective Policing of Government Property,” were exposed to areas, such as overview of security and security ethics and skills in property policing; criminality and current techniques in crime prevention and investigation; premises security and access control; physical and mental actionable skills in policing government properties, among others.
Also, participants in “Effective Speech and Report Writing,” were taught on why they must continue to have their communication skills sharpened; identified grammatical and spelling errors in both speech and report writing; how to apply basic rules to speech and report writing and cultivate reading habit.