Governor Praise Oyo State
Praise Oyo State. The Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, has assured the people of the State that his administration will give a peace and security a topmost agenda.
According to him, the peace which had eluded the pacesetter State before the advent of his administration, had been restored.
He therefore urged the residents to remain calm as the reign of thuggery and violence is now a thing of the past.
The Governor also used the medium to disclosed that all was now set for the launch of the Oyo State Security Trust Fund next month.
The governor, while receiving the Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, who was on a courtesy visit to him in his office in Ibadan, said that the floating of the Security Trust Fund had become necessary in order to tackle the security challenges currently facing the State and Nigeria at large.
Already, he said that a total of 66 vehicles had been procured for onward donation to the police during the launch, adding that other security equipment and gadgets would also be acquired to assist the force in its onerous task of securing the lives and property of the citizens effectively and efficiently.
“Oyo State used to be known for its brigandage and thuggery. At a point in time, it was as if the State was being controlled by hoodlums. But we thank God that since your becoming the IG and since you have posted a new commissioner of police to us, peace has returned and is reigning in Oyo State,’’ the Governor said.
Although he described as enormous the security challenges currently facing the country which had necessitated the tour of some states by the IGP, Gov. Ajimobi, however, commended Abubakar for demonstrating the willingness, ability and capability to tackle the challenges for the development of the country.
“Having interacted with him (IGP) severally, I found him to be professionally broad in terms of his experience and he has been having an exciting career which has now peaked in his appointment to the highest level of his profession.
“Intellectually, I found him to be very engaging, very competent, capable and able. He is a tested and proven officer of impeccable character. I found him to be socially and culturally balanced and an epitome of good policing,’’ he remarked.
In his remarks, the IGP noted that he came in at a very challenging period in the history of Nigeria when police stations, banks and innocent souls were attacked.
“We are aware of these challenges and we are determined to tackle them. When we came in, these challenges were much more than what we see today. Today, arrests are being made of these hoodlums and charlatans.
`”Today, we have a large cache of arms and ammunition recovered from these charlatans and we are making progress as safety and security are being restored in major cities where these attacks are being made,’’ he said.
The police boss also added that he and his team had been working hard with the citizens of the country to ensure improvement in the safety and security of every nook and cranny of Nigeria.
`”Ours is to build a people-friendly police force; a police force that will be respected, respect Nigerians and provide safety and security for every citizen of this country; a police that will not harass the citizens; a police force that will be friendly in its attitude, actions and inactions; a police force that will help the aged, the children and the needy in terms of their needs.
“This is our mission and vision; a competent police force that is well trained, well motivated and well equipped for the security challenges of this country,’’ he said.
Abubakar, however, identified high level of poverty, unemployment and the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots as contributory factors for crime and criminality.
“We have a lot of graduates and even those who have not attended any school who have nothing to do. It becomes worrisome, when you go round this country and you see the faces of unemployed persons; “You begin to wonder that we just have to do what we have to do at the level of federal, State and local governments to begin to plan and put policies in place for the employment of these persons,’’ the police boss said.
The police boss commended the Governor for his passion and commitment to the security of lives and property of the people of the State which, he said, had always been known to be very peaceful.
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