By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has said that houses where kidnappers are found will be pulled down and their certificates of occupancy revoked.
The Governor said with the inauguration of the reinvigorated security trust fund, the full architecture for internal safety of lives and property has been fully emplaced.
Speaking at the inauguration of the “reinvigorated” Ogun State Security Trust Fund on Saturday, Abiodun said he had fulfilled yet another promise to provide good governance to the people.
“Ogun State will never be a home for criminals, whether big or small. For such people, hell will be a child’s play: we will smoke them out, arrest them and hand them over to the swift hand of justice.
“And, for anybody, landlords or tenants, this is a very strong note of warning. Any property found to be serving as hideouts to criminals will not only be taken over by government, but such facility will also be demolished. Whoever is found to be harbouring such criminals will be arrested and handed over for prosecution,” he said.
Governor Abiodun called on traditional rulers, community development associations, civil society organisations, business owners and the entire citizenry to cooperate with the government and security agencies to curb crimes in the society.
He further urged unemployed persons to embrace the opportunities for jobs offered through the jobs portals recently launched in the State.
These programmes, he said, were a clear demonstration of the government’s unreserved commitment towards ensuring that the people have a good life and pursue their legitimate business in a secured environment.
Abiodun further disclosed that the amended Ogun State Security Trust Fund law is deliberately private sector-driven that would support the state government in addressing various security challenges facing the state.
“The aim of these security trust fund is to have the private sector support the government in addressing various security challenges facing our dear state, these new and reinvigorated trust fund will be responsible for sourcing and efficiently deploying the resources towards achieving a safe and secured environment,” the Governor said.
“It is our sincere belief that with this Trust Fund, our security will be further strengthened to provide a more secured environment where our people will live a more prosperous life,” he said.
He noted that the new security trust fund would be responsible for sourcing and efficiently deploying the resources towards achieving a safe and secured environment, adding that it would be uncharitable to believe that the state could single-handedly provide all the funds that would be needed to ensure the security of lives and property.
The Governor said that the inauguration of the security trust fund was another approach towards giving the people, individuals and corporate organizations a window of opportunity to contribute towards the overall development of the state, adding that the people should have at the back of their mind that resources given towards actualizing a sound security network would be prudently used by the team set up to manage the states security trust fund.
The committee has Mr. Bolaji Balogun as Chairman, (Rtd AIG) Olushola Subair, Kamar, Chief Financial Officer, Access Bank, Seyi Kumapayi, Group Executive, Commercial Banking, First Bank, Seyi Oyefeso, Executive Director, Wema Bank, Wole Akinleye, while Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje would serve as the Executive Secretary.
The Governor tasked the committee to provide money for the acquisition and deployment of security equipment and such human material and financial resources that shall be necessary to prevent crime and preserve public security in the state, promote the efficiency of all the security agencies in the state, to hold for the benefit of all residents of the state, gift, property and money for the purpose of crime prevention and public security in the state.
Abiodun further tasked the committee to mobilize funding and resources in cash or kind from the public private, corporate, institutional or all other sources and to manage those resources in a transparent and accountable manner for the purpose of public security in the state, reserve part of the the fund for the training and retraining of security personnel in the state and to do all other things and perform all other functions for the purpose of public security as and contained in the Ogun State Security Trust Fund Law of 2011, as amended by the Ogun State Security Trust Fund amendment law of 2019.
In his response, the chairman of the Ogun State Security Trust Fund, Mr Bolaji Balogun acknowledged the effort of the state governor, to have a secured state, describing him as a man of history, who came in as Governor at the right moment.
Balogun disclosed that the Security Trust Fund Committee would work hard and not disappoint the state, adding that the activities of the states security trust fund would be transparently done.