Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Wednesday pledged that he will work with the state’s traditional rulers in an effort to end cases of murder and kidnapping of innocent citizens in the state.
Makinde gave the assurance by addressing some traditional leaders at a meeting held in Ibadan.
The dignitaries who attended the meeting included the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, a representative of the Soun of Ogbomoso, members of the Traditional Council of the State of Oyo , the police commissioner, Ms. Ngozi Onadeko and heads of other security agencies.
The governor, while speaking, said his administration would continue to work with traditional rulers across the state to tackle insecurity.
Makinde said that as part of the measures to improve the security situation in the state, his administration has established a security task force comprising members of the cabinet and heads of security agencies, including Operation Burst. and Amotekun.
He added that his government has introduced the voluntary policing approach in which non-state actors will work with other security agencies to tackle insecurity in the state.
He said: “The reason we are at this meeting today is that security is one of the four pillars of our administration and one of our key policies as contained in the road map for development. accelerated in Oyo State (2019-2023).
“There are actually four cardinal points on which this administration stands. We have health, education, expansion of our economy and security.
“So if Oyo State is to continue on the path of economic growth, then the state’s security architecture must be maintained.
“So far, Oyo State is doing well economically and it is thanks to the policies that this administration has put in place.
“For example, the February 2021 inflation report for all food products showed that Oyo state has the lowest inflation rate in the country.
“As other states struggle with rising prices for food and other things, in Oyo state the cost of transportation, housing and food items, including bread, yam, fruits and vegetables, remained stable.
“But if we are to continue to benefit from this stability, we must ensure that we maintain a secure environment.”