By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, said on Tuesday that time has come for Nigeria to secure its people and restructure its system against the backdrop of growing insecurity in the country.
The governor, stated this, while presenting 33 operational vehicles and 396 motorcycles to the Oyo State Security Network Agency, codenamed ” Amotekun”. at the House of Assembly Complex, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan,
Governor Makinde maintained that if restructured, every corner of Nigeria will be impacted positively, stating that no matter who is president in Abuja, the system would run effectively in a way that will be beneficial to all and sundry.
He, however, maintained that despite the community policing initiative currently ongoing in the country, the states should still push for state police.
He promised that the state will make the welfare of the Amotekun Corps a top priority, saying: “You are a generation establishing structures for safety and security of the next generation. You are pioneers to ensure that we have a safe and secure environment so that we can expand our economy. And we will treat your welfare as top priority.”
The handover of the vehicles and motorcycles came few days after the governor handed over 25 vehicles to the Nigeria Police and the Operation Burst in the state to improve the security architecture ahead of the yuletide.
The governor appreciated chairpersons of Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas for releasing the funds to do things that are meaningful to the people of the state, noting that all the 351 wards in the state will feel the impact of Amotekun and that every inch of land belonging to the state will be covered by Amotekun.
He warned criminal elements operating in the state to desist from their irascible practices or get caught by the long arm of the law.
Speaking earlier, the chairman of Amotekun in the state, General Kunle Togun, described Governor Makinde as the number one Amotekun in Western Nigeria, noting that in order to show that there won’t be a fire brigade approach to security, the governor has equipped Amotekun effectively.
Similarly, the Commandant of the Amotekun Corps, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd), appreciated the governor’s gesture, describing it as a defining moment in the life of the Oyo State Security Network Agency.