Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has revealed plans of the state government to unveil a new security architecture to enhance security in the state few days from now.
Makinde gave this hint today at a south west security meeting held in Ibadan, while delivering his speech the Governor noted that the new security roadmap will lead to better security. ” we shall unveil a security roadmap, focused on the following:
Improvement on security infrastructure,
Awakening the security consciousness of our people,
Encouraging robust partnership of non-state actors, such as the traditional institutions, volunteers, and other well-meaning residents of the State,
Application of technology in fighting crimes and criminalities, Collaboration with Development Partners, especially in the areas of capacity building for our Security personnel and others”
He also noted that Promotion of effective synergy amongst Security Agencies deployed to the State will be encouraged and also Ensuring effective oversight of the Security Agencies to curb excesses, especially in the areas of corruption and trampling on the fundamental rights of our people.
Ensuring the judicious use of assets of the State assigned to the Security Agencies, and
Ensuring the sustenance of the afore-mentioned measures, as well as periodic review of the measures to meet the dynamic nature of the society.” He noted.
In attendance were all state governors from the south west geopolitical zone comprising Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, and Lagos states. Other high profile personalities at the event are the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, the Alayeluwa His Imperial Majesty the Ooni of Ife and other royal fathers from the geopolitical zone.
The summit was centered around finding a security framework that works and will put to an any form of security threat either from within or from outside the shores of the country.
Recall that some of the major security threats ravaging the country emanated from banditary, kidnapping, and herders/farmers clashes resulting in needless deaths, casualties, and loss of properties. In the face of all these security challenges came the rural urban grazing area (RUGA) policy by the federal government which was perceived by many as a ploy to legitimize activities of the herders against various states laws on open grazing and was subsequently rejected vehemently.
In view of the prevailing security situation in Oyo state therefore, governor Seyi Makinde at the security summit has declared that the state will be unveiling a new security roadmap in the coming days in order to be able to meet up with the demands of new security challenges in the state to combat crime with modern techniques and technologies.
He said “It will be recalled that, as a result of the deteriorating state of security in the South West, and the country at large, on 25th June 2019, in this same City, the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN Commission), held a similar Summit,
The Inspector-General of Police was ably represented at the event.”
“It was a consensus that measures to be put in place to address insecurity in the Geopolitical Zone should be based on a regional approach. In furtherance of this noble and lofty ideal, a wholistic framework for security of the South West is being put up by the DAWN Commission.
Let me at this stage announce that in Oyo State, in the next few days,
“The overall objective of our intervention is to ensure safety and security of our people, reduce the fear of crimes, as well as ensure that all residents of Oyo State, and Investors can go about their lawful endeavour without let or hindrance.”
“We are not oblivious of our obligations under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”. We consider this sacrosanct.
Let me, therefore, state categorically, that we will do whatever is necessary to protect the lives and properties of our people in Oyo State within the ambits of the law.”
“The Inspector-General of Police, as we patiently wait for you to discuss the issues and unveil the strategies to be engaged in addressing the deteriorating state of security in the South West Geopolitical Zone, we are hopeful that the measures will meet the much anticipated yearning of our people, which is a safe and secured South West.”
“We assure you of the support of our people. The government of the Geopolitical Zone will provide the enabling environment to operationalise the security initiatives being unveiled.”