By Richard Thomas ,Ibadan
The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin has said he will take necessary step to address the Insecurity in Ibarapaland as well as secure the lives and property of the entire people of Ibarapaland.
The Speaker who said it was time for every son and daughter of the zone to come together for a synergy of plans and activities noted that this became imperative in order to collectively free Ibarapaland from the grip and shackles of criminally minded persons.
Hon Ogundoyin stated this in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday while announcing a security summit scheduled to hold on Thursday in Ibarapa Central Local Government.
According to him, the security summit will have in attendance different Security Chiefs, traditional rulers, religious and Community leaders, representatives of various ethnic groups , youths, farmers among others.
He said the unfolding scenario and the recurring security challenges in the zone call for a more pragmatic and systematic approach from everyone.
“Security and welfare of citizens is the primary responsibility of Government. My meetings with different stakeholders and security Chiefs in the last few weeks on the spate of kidnappings, armed robberies, assassination and other crimes in Ibarapaland have revealed the need for a synergy of plans.
“Normally, security plans and strategies are not made public in crisis situation like this. However, we will work in tandem with the stakeholders and the security heads to ensure implementation of our strategies. This is why all stakeholders are expected to attend the summit so that we can further fine-tune ways of securing our land and exposing the evildoers who are all out to shed our blood and dispossess us of our hard-earned money and properties. ” The Speaker said.
He disclosed that the issue of Farmers/Herders clashes in Ibarapaland and across Oyo State which is another issue causing serious clashes will be addressed permanently once the law on anti-open hearing and grazing of livestock which was sponsored by him and passed by the Oyo State House of Assembly is fully implemented
“I have always been championing the course of my people, even our farmers and this is evident in the anti-open hearing and grazing law which the house under my leadership worked assiduously to pass.
“I must say that the present administration in Oyo State is committed to promoting security and as part of the Government of the day I will never toy with the issue of insecurity in my zone, Ibarapaland.
“However, we must not allow the situation to degenerate into full blown tribal or ethnic feud. We must avoid turning our land to a war zone. Everything possible must be done to ensure that our land does not become a battlefield or a war zone.
“Nobody prays for war in our land and this is why we have to come to a round table so as to agree on how best to approach this issue. The debilitating effects of war and conflict are better imagined than experienced.
“Ibarapaland is a land of peace and must not be turned to a theatre of war, ” the Speaker declared.