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Monday, July 22, 2019

Southwest Governors Seek End To Security Challenges In Yorubaland



Governors of the Southwest States of Nigeria on Monday met in Akure, the Ondo State capital, and resolved to reorganise the Security architecture in their various states in order to tackle the increasing security challenges facing the region.

The Governors - Prince Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Jide Sanwo - Olu(Lagos),   Kayode Fayemi(Ekiti), Makinde (Oyo), Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun) and Rotimi Akeredolu(Ondo) in unison, agreed to immediately key into the  recommendations of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria(DAWN) regarding the security architecture of the region.

The host Governor; Akeredolu, who made this known at the end of a closed door meeting at the Ondo State Governors office, Akure, noted that they would take all necessary measures to  ensure that the security architecture of the region is redesigned to make the region a no go area for criminals.

He disclosed that the closed door meeting  was borne out of the security situation in the region, adding that the concerned authorities should see what the region was doing in terms of providing a robust security apparatus that would secure the lives and property of the people.

Akeredolu who doubles as the Chairman of Southwest Governors Forum,  urged the indigenes and residents of the region to be calm and patient, promising that the governors would take bold steps to stem the tide of insecurity and deal ruthlessly with  anyone within the South Western space caught perpetrating any form of criminal acts.

"We want the people that are concerned to wake up to see the action,there  is no way we can be here and discuss security and they wont do anything, they will take steps, and we are assuring our people that we are prepared and we will deal ruthlessly with anybody who is here within our space to commit any criminal act," he said.

It should be recalled that at the end of a three day Security Summit organized by the  Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN)in Ibadan, a technical team was set up to look into the issues of insecurity in the region.

Meanwhile, the governors later paid a condolence visit to the father of late Mrs. Olufunke Olakunri(Nee  Fasoranti), Pa Reuben Fasoranti in his home after attending the burial service of his daughter Mrs. Olufunke Olakunri, at the Saint Davids Anglican Church, Akure.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues,  Akeredolu assured  that they would get to the root of the evil act that claimed the life of Mrs. Olakunri and others, saying the perpetrators would not go unpunished.

He also noted that they were in support of the position of the Kano State Governors who argued that there should be an end to nomadism, stressing that the practice should not be encouraged at this point in time.

" All of us here, we are in support of the position of the governor of Kano State who  made it clear over and over that we should ban nomadism, he said that the time has come to ban nomadism, that is a profound statement from a Fulani man who felt convinced that these thing should stop. Nomadism is not something we can encourage at this age and time, so we rise and we will continue to support the position of Governor Ganduje," he said.

Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

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