Insecurity: FG Plans Aerial Surveillance Of South-West Forests- Osinbajo

The security stakeholders’ meeting  between  Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo  and  traditional rulers in Osun State on Tuesday agreed that Federal Government should immediately commence aerial surveillance of forests in South-West.

Speaking to  reporters  after the meeting at  Osun Goverment House, Oke Fia, Osogbo,  the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. who led about 80 other monarchs  to the meeting, said they had got the  FG’s  commitment to regular aerial surveillance of forest in the region to tackle insecurity.

 Osinbajo told reporters  that the meeting was a continuation of  the consultations  the FG  had embarked upon to tackle security  the security challenges facing the  country.

 He  said meeting  with  traditional rulers was necessary  because of the roles  they would  play in helping to secure their domains.

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The VP  said the royal fathers would serve as intermediaries  between  state governments and the people in their various communities.

Osinbajo said, “This meeting is important because traditional rulers will interface with  the government  on behalf of  their communities. We are bringing them on board to ensure a proper implementation of the strategy.”

 Oba  Ogunwusi said apart from  the  FG’s  commitment   to monitoring  forests in the  South-West,  the government also promised to deploy more  security officials  to the region.

He said, “Without community policing we can’t progress. As royal fathers, we will  work hand-in-hand with government to ensure security.”

The monarch added, “This will give our subjects, especially those in the diaspora, who are always afraid to come home more confidence in the security of the country.

“We need our people in the diaspora to start coming home. With this, they will also know we have good security measures in place. I am using this medium to appeal to them to come home and assist.

“The Vice-President, as directed by the President, promised us to monitor all the programmes to ensure successful implementation.”

 Osun State Deputy Governor Benedict Alabi, who read Governor Adegboyega Oyetola’s address on the occasion, said they had adopted a pre-emptive approach to tame insecurity in the state.

 The governor  said  the state government       had held  security meetings with all stakeholders in the state including the one  in Ife-Ilesa zone to address the influx of criminals into the communities.

Oyetola said, “South-West governors have held a security summit which  decision  to work jointly is a panacea for the menace.

 “We have collaborated with the neighbouring states, mobilised vigilance groups and  hunters to police the flashpoints and other parts of the state.”

He added, “I have visited the Chief of Army Staff, the Inspector-General of Police and the Director General of the Department  State  Services to solicit support for our security plans.”

Source: Punchng.com

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