By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
In a bid to further strengthen the security apparatus in Oyo State, the state Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde on Friday donated 25 operational vehicles fully equipped with communication gadgets to the security agencies in the state.
Governor Makinde while donating the vehicles at the frontage of the Presidential Lodge, Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, declared that his administration will continue to prioritise the welfare of security personnel in the state,
A total of 10 of the vehicles were donated to the Swift Response Squad (SRS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force, while the remaining 15 vehicles were donated to the Operation Burst, a state-backed unit comprising the military, police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The governor, in a brief remark, said “This is a period when, irrespective of what people have been doing from the beginning of the year till now, they still want to have a merry Christmas. There are people out there who have not sown anything but they want to reap where they did not sow.
“Yes, we have had a challenging year, COVID-19 from the beginning of the year, then economic meltdown and #EndSARS protests. “Well, the way I look at it is, we would not say that because of those challenges, we will not continue to do what we are supposed to do.
“I just want to use this opportunity to let the Nigeria Police Force, especially officers and men serving in Oyo State Command, know that under my watch, we will continue to support them and their families.”
Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser to Governor Makinde on Security, COMPOL Fatai Owoseni (Rtd), said that security is one of the pillars of the Makinde administration and that the government has been closing the infrastructural gaps in the security sector to make Oyo State safer and secure for all and sundry.
He added that the operational vehicles would further strengthen the infrastructure of the two outfits.
Similarly, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Joe Enwonwu, appreciated the governor for being there always for the Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, pledging the readiness of his officers and men to sustain and embolden the security status of Oyo State and provide a conducive atmosphere for both local, institutional and foreign investors.