By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, on Tuesday, inaugurated the Osun Community Policing Advisory Committee to strengthen security at local areas within the State.
Inaugurating the Committee at the Multipurpose Hall of the Local Government Service Commission, State Government Secretariat, Osogbo, Oyetola said the initiative by the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed was “a creative and proactive solution to the pervasive security challenges in the nation.”
The governor who commended the IG for introducing the initiative, said it would complement the State government’s efforts to secure the lives and property of Osun people saying that his administration had prioritised security as part of efforts to reposition the state and build a virile economy.
Oyetola noted that the initiative was to make the people own policing at the community level, participate in its operations and partner with the conventional police to achieve effective and efficient security and safety architecture.
“The Committee has different structures, including State Community Policing Committee, Area Command Policing Advisory Committee, Local Govt. Advisory Committee and Divisional Community Policing Committee, and this is to ensure that effective policing is achieved at every stratum of the community.
“Considering the composition of these structures which allows for the participation of the leadership of the community and relevant groups such as traditional rulers, religious organizations, the civil society, Labour Unions, the youth, people living with disabilities, community leaders, educational institutions, town unions, professional unions, hoteliers, vigilance groups, hunters, farmers, herders, and socio-cultural associations, I am persuaded that the holistic structure and composition of this Community Policing Advisory Committee will serve our collective desire to be safe and secure.”
Oyetola also commended the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for giving the right leadership and enabling environment that birthed the initiative of community policing in the country whose ultimate purpose is to further deliver effective policing to a nation under the siege of diverse shades of insecurity.
Earlier, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Osogbo, Mr. David Oyebamiji Folawiyo, described the launch of community policing in the state as a welcome development, adding that the initiative became a necessity particularly at a time the nation is battling with the pocket of insecurity challenges.
Also speaking, Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye, assured that the House would continue to support the government’s efforts through the legislative processes at ensuring a safe, peaceful, secure and sane society.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, who was also present at the inauguration, extolled the state government for being alive to its constitutional responsibility of guaranteeing the security of lives and property of the citizenry calling for a collective effort in tackling the myriad of security challenges confronting the nation at large and the state in particular.