The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to set up a world class forensic laboratory to facilitate crime control, detection and cut down cost of carrying out forensic investigation outside the shores of Nigeria.
The project which is being proposed for Badagry, Lagos is expected to be executed through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) whereby the Lagos State government will provide the land, while the private partners will bring in expertise and funding.
Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje who made the revelation said Lagos State is considering inputs from the Federal Government and relevant security agencies especially the police for the success of the project.
“There is currently no such facility in Nigeria, hence governments at various levels, private organisations and individuals, spend millions of naira annually to carry out forensic investigations on crime and health related matters abroad.
Although the commissioner did not disclose the cost of the project, he however said government has opened bid for expression of interest by private investors with requisite expertise and funding.
He commissioner said that over 900 units of the closed circuit television (CCTV) have so far been installed and that they are already supplying video footages- which is helping the state police command in tracking crimes.