Given the inability of Nigeria’s security agencies to contain the menace of terrorism in the North, which may be threatening the peace of other States and communities in Nigeria, traders in Alaba International Market, Ojo, today held a security awareness and disaster prevention conference.
The Electrical Dealers Association of Nigeria [EDAN] organized a lecture to keep its members in the heavily-congested hub of electrical and electronics components in Lagos on alert in view of the fact that some of the security attacks have been achieved through the use of devices with electronic/electrical components.
Chairman of the EDAN, Engineer Paul Chijioke Okenwa in his address, advised dealers in electrical items to consider themselves as their own security, noting various leaders in the country have made efforts but failed to make peace prevail.
“The quest for peace has been illusive and a mirage,” he said.
Okenwa stated that the activities of the dreaded Islamic sect in the nation has affected the confidence of communities and has necessitated everyone to be on watch, regardless of whether the crisis has reached a particular vicinity or not.
“The activities of Boko Haram, kidnappers, communal clashes, cultism, religious bigotry, armed robbery, etc have eroded peace in this nation that people are suspicious of their next door neighbor,” said Okenwa.
ASP Olajide Mutairu of the Ojo Police Station, who represented the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umaru Manko, re-assured the market of cooperative security efforts for the electrical/electronic hub.
Alaba International Market is said to be the largest electronics market in Africa where all major international brands of electronics and allied products are offered for sale. The market occupies a location that is approximately 2km by 1km in Ojo.