By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Government has restated its commitment towards ensuring the safety of lives and property of residents through the restructuring of the Vigilante Service of Ogun State (VSO) and its recognition as the only authentic vigilante group for community policing in order to put an end to criminal activities.
The reassurance was given by the state’s Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, while declaring open a five-day training programme organised for officers of the para-military organisation on the basic and advanced vigilante training in community policing, held at the old Teachers’ Training College, Ilaro.
The commissioner who was represented by the Director of Local Government Affairs in the ministry, Mr. Adedayo Somoye, noted that the state government repositioned the VSO for effective service delivery in order to put an end to insecurity and to ensure that safety of lives and property of residents of the state is guaranteed.
“It is hoped that this training would further prepare and equip officers of the VSO for the task ahead in crime control, encourage mutual understanding among officers as well as ensuring feedback for effective service delivery, ” Ojuko noted.
The commissioner also charged the command to weed the outfit out of disloyal officers working against its progress, noting that anyone caught in unscrupulous activities would be punished accordingly.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the state Commander, Mr. Soji Ganzallo appreciated Governor Ibikunle Amosun led administration in releasing the Teachers Training College, Ilaro as a training ground for the corp.
He then assured of his corp’s commitment to live up to its expectations by maintaining peace and order and putting all hands on deck at ensuring the protection of lives and property across the various local government areas and local council development areas, noting that members of the corp would always be good ambassadors of the state in the discharge of their duties.