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S’West govs pledge to tackle security challenges

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AS the people of the South-Western part of the country converged on Ibadan Tuesday to discuss the current security challenges confronting the country at large and the Yoruba land in particular, the governors of the south west have pledged to find a solution to the lingering security challenges in the zone. 

The six governors of the states in the region, namely Oluseyi Makinde (Oyo), Mr. Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Mr. Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN (Ondo), the citizens of the South-Western part of the country, including their monarchs came round to discuss the menace of kidnapping among other security challenges confronting them.

The resolve was made during the Stakeholders Security Summit (Focus on Western Nigeria) organised by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN).

In his welcome address, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State who lamented that the country is rated third worst terrorism ravaged nation in the whole world, following Iran and Afghanistan in that order, described insecurity like the proverbial Yoruba snake that should not be left on the rooftop of a house while the residents go to sleep, hence the importance of the summit.

According to him, the South West states are interlinked and the challenges of one state could easily become problems of the entire zone. He said some states were close to international borders, increasing the threat that the zone was collectively facing.

In his keynote speech, Chairman of the Western Governors’ Forum and the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has called for the institution of toll-free lines through which people could pass security related information across.

Governor Akeredolu stated in his address that the summit became imperative in view of the spate of insecurity, palpable tension and fear that has enveloped the people and explained that his call for toll-free lines was to enable people to make necessary security related calls without having to be bothered by call credit.

Contributing Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) assured the people of the region that they would not allow their lives and property to be endangered under whatever circumstance, stressing that though, as human beings, the governors may not attain perfection in their efforts, but it should be noted that any noticeable lapse cannot be intentional.

While asking the people to hold them responsible and accountable for the security of their lives and property, he disclosed that the challenge of insecurity has attained the front burner of Federal Government activities

In their respective goodwill messages, the governors of Ogun, Osun, Lagos and States, Prince Dapo Abiodun, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola and Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu respectively expressed the readiness of their states to partner others in the fight against insecurity in the Southwest.

Also speaking during the event Inspector General of Police (IG), who was represented by Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), Taiwo Lakanu and the Assistant Inspector General of Police, (AIG), Zone 11, Mr. Leye Oyebade in their presentations made it known that insecurity “is currently a national challenge and it is being given national attention”.

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