By Nimot Adetola Sulaimon
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu congratulated the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Alhaji Musiliu Smith on his 75th birthday.
Smith, a former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and ex-head of the Lagos State Security Council, clocks 75 on Saturday, April 17.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, the governor described Smith as a worthy ambassador, committed public servant and elder statesman who is worth celebrating.
He said the former Inspector General of Police has lived an exemplary life of hard work, purposefulness and dedication to the service of humanity.
Sanwo-Olu said that Smith committed a greater part of his life to public service in different capacities, especially his contributions to the Nigeria Police.
He added that the former IGP remains one of the few Lagosians whose contributions to the growth and development of Lagos State and Nigeria cannot be written off.
The Governor noted that the ex-IGP during his tenure displayed a high degree of honesty, dedication and professionalism to public service.
He said the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, who reached the peak of his career in 2002, left the Nigeria Police with impeccable records, exhibiting the true spirit of Omoluabi in him.
“On behalf of my family and the good people of Lagos State, I heartily congratulate our elder statesman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, on the occasion of his 75 years birthday.
“Alhaji Smith has dedicated his adult life to the service of the people as a police officer. He is the epitome of dedication and selflessness in public service.
”Everyone should note that he used his elevated positions in the Police to uplift the standards of life of the people he served and did his best to ensure that Nigeria Police is on top of the security situation in the country.
“His brilliance and administrative prowess were displayed during his tenure as the 10th Inspector General of Police between May 29, 1999, and March 2002.
”During his tenure as the IGP, he brought a lot of reform to the Nigeria Police and there was peace in the country.
“Also, he served Lagos passionately as the head of the Lagos State Security Council, a body charged with taking a holistic look at the anatomy of crimes in the state.
”Alhaji Smith has continued to contribute his knowledge and experience in the service of the country as the chairman of the Police Service Commission.”