Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday 5, 2016 announced an increment to the death insurance benefit for police officers who die in active service in Lagos to N10 million. He said that his administration would stop at nothing to ensure the safety of all citizens in the state.
The Lagos Governor, who spoke at Lagos House in Ikeja, after he was presented with 2 awards recently won in South Africa by the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the State Police Command, said security and safety of the people remains one of the focal objectives of his administration, and that government would continually embrace measures to motivate and encourage officers of the command to perform their duties diligently.
The RRS, at the awards presented by Security Watch Africa (SWA), had emerged as the best anti-crime police squad in West Africa, while Olatunji Disu, the RRS Commander an Assistant Commissioner of Police, won the award of most outstanding police operational officer in Africa.
Lagos state government also bagged award as the best security and most safety conscious state in Africa.
After receiving the awards, Governor Ambode congratulated the commander and men of the RRS for the feat, adding that the people of the state were appreciative of the gallant efforts of the unit at bringing down the crime rate in the state, especially in the last one year.
Governor Ambode also commended Fatai Owoseni, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, for his purposeful leadership of the command, saying that it was evident that the police in Lagos was performing creditably well.
While alluding to the need for increment in the death insurance benefit of officers, Governor Ambode recalled the recent loss of some officers in active service, adding that while the government was not praying for the re-occurrence of such, it was appropriate to reasonably reward the family of any officer in the event of eventual death.
The Governor, therefore, said his administration was raising the stake of death insurance policy from 1 million naira to rank and file and 2 million naira to senior officers to 10 million naira.
The Governor said: “Recently, we lost some police officer due to no fault of theirs and then some form of accidental incidences across the state.
“I have directed the State’s Pension Office and the Office of the Chief of Staff that we are going to increase the payment that we make to officers that die in active service and then we are increasing that irrespective of whether you are a junior or senior office, if you die in active service, the payment that will be made by the state government is being increased to N10 million from this moment onward,” he said.
Culled from: Premiumtimes