…as Gov Ahmed urges him to sustain Kwara as home
By: Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has enjoined the just retired Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Olusola Emmanuel Amore, to sustain the State of Harmony as his home.
The governor urged him to continue to bear the cross of security and use his pool of experience to bear relevance to the state.
Ahmed made this statement at the pull-out parade in honour of the retired CP held on Monday at the police headquarters in Ilorin.
Ahmed, who was represented by his deputy, Elder Peter Kisira, felicitated with the retiree whose thirty-two and a half years of service ended on Monday, June 19, 2017.
“I urge you to continue to bear our cross and use your wealth of experience to bear relevance to security needs of the populace and sustain Kwara State as your home.
“As you therefore voluntarily bow-out of the police service today, your contributions to peace of Kwara State will linger on in our memory,” he said.
The governor said Amore joined the police service in good health, agility and in good spirit and he is bowing out even better than when he enlisted.
“Onbehalf of the government and good people of Kwara state I heartily congratulate you and members of your family on your peaceful and well deserved retirement.
“Let me mention here with all sincerity and sense of responsibility that the government and the good people of Kwara State enjoyed your service. Since you assumed duty here over a year ago, we had the continued grace and privilege to sleep with our two eyes closed, for the safety of lives and property was assured as the police were there to prevent citizens from molestation and assault and the populace could go about their duties without any let or hindrance,” he added.
According to the governor, you have served the Nigeria nation selflessly, meritoriously and committedly for an upward of three decades. You have contributed your quota to its growth, development and progress; you have indeed served well you, therefore you deserve the rest, which you are starting today with pomp and ceremony.
He urged the officers and men of the police force to take a cue from the worthy legacies of the retired police commissioner and admonished them to serve with all their might so that their exit could be glorious like that of dear Mr. Olusola Emmanuel Amore.
Earlier, Amore said nothing could serve as an alternative to police anywhere in the world. He called for improved funding of the police force in order for the policemen to provide more effective service..
He thanked his wife and children for their love and patience throughout his thirty-two and a half years sourjorn in the police force. He congratulated them for having their father and husband back home.
“There is no alternative to police anywhere in the world. I urge the government to improve on the funding for the police if the police is to play its constitutional role effectively. Setting up of quasi-security agencies is never an antidote or solution to our security challenges, there is need to focus on the training and logistic support for a better Nigeria police force,” he said.
He commended Governor Ahmed, the Emir of Ilorn, Alhaji Zulu Gambari and other royal fathers for their blessing, advice, cooperation and fatherly role in the fight against crime and criminality at their various domains in the state.
According to him, like every human journey, his police career was filled with both high and low experiences.
“You have to surrender all if you must leave a print on the sand of time. I have been opportuned by this noble career to traverse the length and breath of this country. Even beyond the shores of this state, of notable reference was my soujorn in Edo, Delta, Lagos, Ogun, Jigawa,
Benue, Enugu, Cross-Rivers, Niger and finally Kwara State where I happened to have served twice”.
He further said that in the course of his career, he was also opportuned to be trained in the United Kingdom (UK), United States (US), France and Egypt, aside various local training he received, all of which he appreciated God for.
To be successful in the force, he said patience and perseverance was the key, quoting an adage, which says, hard time does not last, but hard people do and after every rainfall comes the sunshine.
He went down memory lane to when he assumed duty in Kwara State last July, emphasising the importance of community policing for which he received tremendous training both in UK and United States of America.
“I received tremendous training with fellow police officers. Security is everybody’s business. I urge fellow officers to make police service not only available but accessible to members of the public by ensuring that CPs’ GSM numbers are displayed at every police station. This will check the excesses of police officers that may want to abuse their powers and also give members of the public confidence in Nigeria police force,” he said.
He advised those in the service to always work with the community, earn their confidence and persevere with whatever condition they find themselves and always remember that promotion and posting comes from God.
He also appealed to the good people of Kwara State and Nigeria at large to cooperate with men and women of Nigeria Police Force, with mutual understanding and cooperation, which he said would get the nation the police of our dream.
Meanwhile, a befitting dinner was organised in his honour, during which friends, colleagues, children and class mates poured encomiums on him endlessly.