By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has called on the leadership of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), to be firm and decisive in dealing with the security challenges confronting the country.
Makinde gave the charge on Tuesday after a closed-door joint security meeting with the Kwara State delegation, led by Governor AbdulRasak AbdulRahman, with cabinet members of Oyo State, security chiefs of both states and Traditional rulers at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office in Ibadan.
The two governors met to work out modalities on how to synergise towards curtailing security challenges facing the two states.
Makinde, while addressing newsmen after the meeting, said there was the need to find ways in addressing security challenges affecting the two states.
According to him, the meeting resolved to set up a working team that would look at those challenges and come up with solutions which the governors of the two states would be able “to look into and solve.
His words: “We acknowledge the effort of our security agencies and thank them for the work they are doing for our country. We appreciate and encourage them to do more.
“We also acknowledge the fact that non-state actors are getting the upper hand in communicating and spreading hatred within our country, so we ask our leaders must speak with one voice, especially at the Nigerian governor’s forum. We have to be firm and decisive in dealing with the security challenges that we’re currently faced with.
“We have also taken notice of the fact that our intelligence-gathering effort has to be deepened. Some of the situations that we’re been faced with recently where we have reacted rather than act before those things actually erupt are due to some intelligence failure.
“So the meeting noted that we should deepen our intelligence-gathering effort and traditional rulers on both sides of the border towns between Oyo and Kwara States will be encouraged to come together in fostering unity and exchange of information and that way our intelligence agencies will be able to actively deal with the situation rather than being reactive.
“We agreed that more detailed working team is to be set up between Oyo and Kwara States. We know that the issues to be addressed have wider national ramifications. Yes, they ask somebody to leave Igangan and that has created issues in Kwara where internally displaced persons now are scattered over about 13 villages and 7 local governments areas in Kwara State with it attendant challenges of meeting maintenance of those individuals but we believe that the working team to be set up should be able to dispassionately look into those challenges and come up with solutions which myself and my brother gov of Kwara State would be able to look at and solve.”
“All the national livestock transformation plan is currently not implemented in Oyo but Kwara State has started its implementation over a year ago. So we believe that there are natural learning from Kwara State that Oyo State will be able to take advantage of and this should lead to further collaboration ah the economic and security levels.
“So that is what we’ve discussed so far. I believe in the days ahead probably in couple of days now, we will be able to disclose to the public members of this working team between Oyo and Kwara States and in the weeks ahead, we would also be taken recommendations from them for implementation,” Makinde said.