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Security, Bedrock of Development, Says Ajimobi

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..Calls for inclusion of security studies in schools curriculum

By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has described security as the bedrock of development, adding that without it, no meaningful development could take place in any society, just as he called for the inclusion of security studies in schools curriculum.

The governor, in his goodwill message at a 3-day international conference on “Security, Education and Sustainability,” held at the Lead City University, Ibadan on Tuesday, observed that the security of lives and property of the state citizenry remained one of the key agenda of his administration, which he pursued vigorously through a special security task force he initiated code named “Operation Burst.”

Ajimobi, represented by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. ‘Gbade Ojo,  said that it was in realisation of this that his administration, upon inception, courted all the security agencies in the state and had been maintaining harmonious working relationship with them.

This, according to Dr. Ojo, paid off with the peace and tranquility, as well as the security of lives and property, currently reigning in the state, which used to be known for violence and brigandage before the advent of his government.

He added that the entrenchment of a peaceful atmosphere had given room for all the developmental projects which Ajimobi’s administration had been able to execute, all of which he said had changed the face of the state and improved its economy.

The don pointed out that security issue is a national phenomenon which should go beyond formal sector of providing gadgets for the government owned security agencies at the expense of the local security agencies like Vigilante Group which is an informal sector.

Ojo further stated that, Ajimobi has shown himself equal to the task, recalling that Ibadan was a hotbed of violence and insecurity.

“Partisans of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) terrorized citizens, robbers prowled and the general sense was that of unfathomable devilry,” Dr. Ojo recalled.

He said the vision of Ajimobi’s administration was to turn things around for better, in the interest of the generality
of the people and to evolve a consistent socio-economic development system that is free of apprehension.

“Ajimobi has shown himself equal to the task,” recalling how  Ibadan was known for violence and insecurity, adding that the state has eased out of the vice grip of men of the underworld.

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