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Insecurity: Akeredolu Canvasses Scientific Solution In South-West States

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Ondo State governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Tuesday expressed concern over the various security challenges threatening the peace and the socio-economic development of the South-West states.
He said the South-West states had been peaceful and accomodating to people from other parts of the country and beyond since time immemorial untill the recent strange occurrences such as kidnapping, armed robbery, killing and drug abuse, among others in the region.
The governor, who expressed the concern in his opening address during the South-West Stakeholders’ Security Summit held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, urged the need by the region to review their liberal policy of openness.
He asked all the South-West governors to collectively rise to protect their people.
Akeredolu said: “As leaders of our people, we cannot afford to be emotive in taking decisions for their benefit.
“Any step taken must reflect the collective will to protect them. No sacrifice is too much to preserve this heritage of peace and prosperity.
“We should be particularly worried by the current spate of an insidious phenomenon, hitherto unknown and uncommon in our immediate clime, creeping into our erstwhile peaceful and prosperous ambience.
“Our collective goal should be the security of our space and safety of our people in all ramifications. On this, there should be no compromise.
“We must, consequently, be proactive in tackling the current security issues.
“The adoption of a scientific approach towards the resolution of the current crisis will bear far-reaching effects.
“Our people stand to benefit from our resolve to ensure that they remain at the centre of all permutations and considerations.
“Partisan colouration should not delimit the extent of collaboration aimed at maximum service for our people.
“With shared yearnings for the development of the region, there should be no difficulty in agreeing to provide the best services possible in the interest of our people.”
According to him, the insecurity in the region should compel a broader and open-minded analysis of the strange occurrences with a view to ascertaining the real reasons responsible for the disquiet.
Akeredolu told his colleague-governors that his administration organised a security summit to come up with practical solutions when Ondo State was faced with similar challenges.
He recalled that security experts and representatives of agencies agreed on the pathway towards the resolution of strange occurrences in Ondo State.
He said because of the strategic location of Ondo State, which increased the volume of human and vehicular traffic passing through the state, the situation gave room for constant alertness.
The governor therefore said the Ondo State security summit came up with Security Policy Document which suggested holistic approach to tackle the challenges.

Fisayo Falodi
Press Secretary (Print) to Gov Akeredolu

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