By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
A public hearing session was on Monday held by the Osun State House of Assembly on the Security Network Agency (Amotekun) bill.
Speaking during the public hearing, the State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola said that peace and security is a major factor for business and investment in any state.
The governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Gboyega Alabi said, “If Amotekun works, investment windows will be open.
“Amotekun will give wings to the Osun Economic and Investment Summit as well as the Osun Investment Promotion Agency which are our windows to economic and industrial transformation.
“No State or nation can be stronger than the quality of its laws. Amotekun is as strong as we elect to make it, especially at this public hearing, whose outcomes shall polish and enrich its legal outlook and determine the quality of the peace and prosperity we enjoy,” he emphasized.
Also, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, RT. Hon Timothy Owoeye said that when Amotekun bill is passed, it will ensure safe highways, remote areas, waterways, hinterlands among others.
He also said that the Amotekun Corps will assist the police and other security agencies to carry out lawful activities that will maintain law and order in the state.
Owoeye further stated that the recruitment of Amotekun Corps will reduce the rate of unemployment in the state of Osun and the South Western States.
He stressed that, for Amotekun to be successful, the support of all will be needed saying section 24 of the constitution provides that “it shall be the duty of every citizen to make positive and useful contribution to the advancement, progress and well-being of the community where he resides”.
In their contribution, the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisation (NACOMYO) representative at the public hearing Jamiu Adeyemi harped on the need for Osun House of Assembly to consider worship centres as places that Amotekun Corps should be posted to, noting that such places are soft target for criminals.
Prof Aliyu Alao of the African Security Forum urged the House of Assembly to ensure that people in the diaspora are actively taken care in the bill.
African Security Forum underscored the importance of ensuring annual report on the Amotekun Corps noting that this would create room for checks and balances.
The Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdrasheed Olabomi also charged the traditional rulers to be involved in the running of the outfit saying that their involvement will be of immense benefits to the actualization of the Corps.