Gov Makinde seeks U.S. help to tackle insecurity in Oyo
Governor Seyi Makinde’s government has sought the assistance of the U.S. in tackling insecurity in Nigeria, particularly in Oyo.
Deputy Governor Adebayo Lawal sought assistance on behalf of Mr Makinde while receiving the new United States consul general, Williams Stevens, who paid him a courtesy visit at the executive council chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi in Ibadan.
Mr Lawal, who observed that insecurity was becoming endemic in Nigeria, said Oyo would welcome whatever technology was required to combat the menace.
“Initially, we thought we could localise this issue of security, but it has become a hydra-headed phenomenon,” explained the deputy governor. “We must give it to you that if you choose to assist, you can be deliberate, and we will encourage you to assist and partner the Oyo state government in the area of security.”
On efforts made to address the insecurity, Mr Lawal said, “We know security is key, and we have really deployed a greater percentage of resources into security development.”
The deputy governor added, “Since the inception of this administration, we have put in place an outfit called ‘Amotekun’ to complement the efforts of our conventional security outfits – police, Department of State Security and others that are national in nature. Amotekun is domesticated, localised and goes into the nooks and crannies of our communities to ensure our environments are safe.”
The deputy governor further stated that the Oyo government wanted a partnership with the U.S. in the agriculture and health sectors.
He maintained that the government would strengthen its partnership to deepen a mutually-beneficial relationship on business, entertainment, technology and good governance, among others.
Mr Lawal stressed that the Oyo government was looking forward to using the opportunities and mutually-beneficial partnerships with the United States to better the lives of residents and create an atmosphere where businesses could thrive.
We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.
More from Peoples Gazette
The Plateau government has reassured residents that it will continue creating a conducive teaching and learning environment.
At least 513 persons were linked to multiple fraudulent payments.
“Why should somebody from the university system come and midwife over a different system and become lords over them?”
“I led a four-member committee to the National Assembly. We were first attended to by the House of Representatives, where we successfully presented our case.”
“We will definitely sweep out PDP, the sinking party from the state.”
“You must limit your influence to your domain. No illegal annexation and expansion of territory or appointment of minor chiefs beyond your domains will be tolerated.”