Lagos:. The Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA) has assured of its readiness to provide safety and security support at the forthcoming Lagos Street Soccer championship.
The Agency’s General Manager, Prince Oyekan Falade, made this known during a courtesy visit by the Lagos Street Soccer Committee led by Mr. Bolaji Yusuf.
Yusuf in his opening remarks had said that one of the top priorities of the committee in the preparation for this year’s Lagos Street Soccer Championship was provision of adequate security.
“This is a huge championship that encompasses all communities across Lagos state hence we cannot take the issue of security with levity.
“The Committee desire, as set-up by LSFA chairman, Ogboni Fouad Oki, is to have a seamless and hitch-free tournament and that’s why we have come to seek the partnership of Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Agency
to provide us with logistics support, ” Yusuf said.
In his response, Falade expressed the pleasure of hosting the committee and commend their efforts in prioritising security in their planning schedule.
Falade said: “Thank you for honouring me and the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Agency with this visit.
“I also want to thank you for carrying out the progressive agenda of Lagos state.
“Lagos Street Soccer is one of our strongest areas when it comes to Sport in Lagos state because it’s one project that promotes talented Nigerians irrespective of their tribe and creed.
“This is an area that could push away the so called hoodlums from the streets and make them very active.
“Growing up I knew quite a number of talented footballers who were not privileged to have the opportunity to exhibit their talents which inadvertently prevented them from picking a career in football but with the opportunity the Street Soccer is presenting I strongly believe this is another to discover more talents.
“I know the Ogboni Fouad Alade Oki-led Lagos State Football Association is going to perform beyond expectations as he’s one man who knows his onions and does not settle for less”
‘There is no way you would talk about sporting events without talking about security.
“We have partnership with different agencies on the areas of security, community and safety and I am glad the Lagos Street Soccer committee deem it worthy to seek for our assistance to provide security during the championship.
“Our duty is to provide security and ensure safety in our communities and environments and you have our support anytime,” he said.
The championship is expected to kick off on Oct. 2 in Surulere, Lagos.