Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde on Friday charged local government chairmen in the state to up their game to ensure that dividends of democracy get to the people or risk being reelected for another term of office
Makinde gave the charge at a meeting with traditional rulers, service chiefs, local government chairmen and vice-chairmen held at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan.
The governor noted that there had been a lot of improvements in the security situations in most council areas in the state following the government release of N330 million monthly to all the local government for security purposes.
While commending the council bosses for doing a good job, he, however, frowned at some local government chairmen in the Ibadan axis whom he said performed below expectations.
He said: “If you do well in your localities, we will do well statewise, things are unravelling quickly and we can not afford to fail.”
He, however, charged the local government chairmen to continue to cooperate with the state government, the traditional institutions and House of Assembly members in their domains so that they can get the best out of the system.
“You have been elected by the people in your local government and you need to do the work. Cooperate with us, the traditional institution, your people in the Assembly so that Oyo State people can get dividends of democracy.
“I am saying this because most of these things have ramifications for the security situation that we have in Oyo State. If you are doing well in your localities, we will do well state-wise. Oyo State is adjudged stable but we cannot afford to rest.
“The people have given us their trust and vote and we must deliver to them. If there are things we are not paying attention to, let us make amendments. I will call an immediate meeting to evaluate some of the pieces of advice the traditional rulers have given to us.
“And where we are falling short, we will do everything to ensure that we cover the lapses,” the governor stated.
Makinde who thanked traditional rulers and service chiefs in the state for their cooperation in tackling security challenges , said however that a lot of areas still needed to be improved on especially the activities of land grabbers whom he alledged were working majorly with some traditional leaders in the state
According to him, the state government will not allow such situation being witnessed in other places to rear its ugly head in Oyo State as it is prepared to deal with it before it becomes a trend
He solicited the support of the traditional institutions in nipping it in the bud adding that whatever information that will have to be passed will be listened to and acted upon.
The state Police Commissioner, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko speaking through DCP Waheed Ayilara appealed for the state government’s assistance in procuring more operational vehicles for the police just as she assured of safety of lives and property during the festive season and beyond
She urged indigenes of Oyo State to enlist in the police force for the constabulary positions to fill the state quota as they will be posted to their local government of origin to serve their people rather than allow the opportunity to filter into the hands of non-indigenes.
In his own speech, State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Mr Michael Adaralewa urged the governor to come up with policies that would check the influx of okada riders from neighbouring states into the state, adding that the development account for some of the security breaches witnessed in the state
The meeting had in attendance, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Debo Ogundoyin represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon Mohammed Fadeyi.
Others are representative of the Garrison Commander, 2 Division of the Nigeria Army, Major A. S Ciroma, Commandant, Amotekun Corps, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd ) as well as members of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Oyo State chapter.