The dilapidated Nigeria Police Workshops in Lagos, established after the inception of the force by the colonial masters are to be renovated by Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF).
The Executive Secretary of the fund, Dr Abdurrazaq Balogun, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that reviving the workshops in Lagos Island and Ikeja would help in maintaining police vehicles.
The workshop also has sections for furniture making and tailoring.
Balogun, who spoke on LSSTF plans during his tenure, noted that the fund would always strive to maintain it assets, particularly patrol vehicles for security agencies in the state.
He said that the police workshop was an integral part of the force which had so many sensitive assets to repair in-house.
Balogun said that if adequately equipped, the workshops could serve the fund by maintaining the motorcycles and patrol vehicles it donates to the police.
“I know the police workshop exist, but I don’t know the state right now. However, I will take a tour of the place to see how the fund can assist to get it up and running.
“It will be to the advantage of the fund to see the place put in order because they have experienced hands there that are idle.
“I think is very important that we look into the place right now.
“I do not know the plan of the police for the workshop. I know that years of underfunding may have affected it.
“I will find out how we can collaborate in the maintenance”, Balogun said.
The Police Commissioner, Mr Fatai Owoseni, told NAN that the command was looking for ways to revive the workshop to attend to the numerous broken down patrol vehicles in different area commands and divisions.
Owoseni said the command was also working with LSSTF to assist in reviving the workshop.
A NAN Correspondent, who visited the police workshop on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way Ikeja, observed that many abandoned vehicles littered the compound.
NAN reports that a few workers seen in the near desolate place were playing drought without any vehicle being repaired. (NAN)