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IMPROVING GOVERNMENT SECURITY POLICY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN LAGOS STATE
The prevalence of insecurity in Nigeria especially in Lagos State is alarming. The cases of insecurity, ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, burglary, theft, rape have adverse effects on socio-economic development of the State. The paper, therefore, examines the government security policies such as the establishment of the Security Trust Fund ( STF), increase in security allocations, provision of modern security equipment and gadgets, and operation light-up-Lagos. The secondary data method is adopted by making use of Police records, the internet, newspaper and academic journals for data collection. The paper is anchored on social contract theory for its theoretical framework. The findings of this paper revealed that the effect of insecurity can hinder sustainable development, loss of lives and properties and even discourage foreign investors. This paper, therefore, recommends that government security policy should be properly planned and implemented. In addition, all stake holders (Religious leaders, Market leaders, Traditional leaders, Elites, Transport Union leaders etc.) should be involved in the government security policies.
Keywords: Insecurity, Sustainable development, Lagos State, Crime, Security Policies.