By Mosunmola Ayobami in Ilorin
Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has called on the Federal Governor to strengthen the nation’s security around the territorial boundaries in the face of current global and national security challenges.
The governor made the call in his office during a courtesy visit by the Commandant of the National Defence College Nigeria, Abuja, Rear Admiral Samuel Ilesanmi Alade.
The Governor who emphasised the need to strengthen and maintain a military presence in the Kosubosu area of the state that share boarder with the Republic of Benin, said the military have been very supportive in maintaining law and order in the state as evident by the level of commercial activities in all locations in the state.
“Truly, the military has served as a major buffer for our needs. I’ll continue to rely on the military to support us; of course, we know a lot of it are, ordinarily, internal security issues that should be handled by the police force. Unfortunately, the level of security, globally and nationally, requires us to be on our toes each time”, the governor said.
According to the governor, the imperative of security has made the state government to broaden the state security committee meeting to include para-military services who have some roles to play in the state security requirements.
Speaking earlier, the Commandant, National Defence College, Nigeria, Abuja, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade informed the Governor that a Group of fifty-one officers from the College were in the state for study tour of some strategic establishments in the state.
Rear Admiral Alade who said the team was impressed of what they saw in both Kam wire Industries and International Aviation College, both in Ilorin, promised to make the report of the Group available to the state government for domestication of their findings.
He therefore pledged that the military would continue to support and collaborate with the government in providing adequate security in the state.
He commended the state government for its efforts at stabilizing the security situation in the state adding that Kwara State is one of the most peaceful states in the country.
“I think Kwara state is one of the states in Nigeria that is very peaceful and going round during our tour of the state really attested to that. There was no incident of insecurity concern. The military will support and collaborate with the state government in the area of security”, the commandant said.