The Ogun State Government has taken a step to secure lives and property of its people by equiping leaders of Communities Development Associations, Trade Associations and artisans on required knowledge and techniques to manage security threats in their various areas.
Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Hon. Ganiyu Hamzat stated this while speaking during a-day workshop on ‘Security Awareness’ in Abeokuta.
He said that there was need to harness various ways towards tackling security challenges for a safer community.
Hamzat noted that the present administration was concerned about the safety of its citizen, adding that the government recently launched Ogun State Security Network Agency, codenamed ‘Amotekun’, that was provided with patrol vans, motorcycles and other security gadgets to strengthen security apparatus in the State.
The commissioner stated that issue of security challenge was not peculiar to the state, saying, “the menace of insecurity such as kidnapping, banditry, farmer/herders clashes, terrorism, cyber-crime, robbery to mention but a few have become national challenge.
He noted that it potends serious dangers to the socio-economic growth and development of the country if not effectively addressed.
In his address, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edward Ajogun, affirmed that police was not resting on its oars in combating crime.
Ajogun assured that hoodlums in all areas of the community would be apprehended and prosecuted accordingly.
Ajogun, represented by his Assistant, ACP Olayiwola Aliu , urged residents to cooperate with government to collectively tackle the challenge.
He advised that they should report suspicious individuals or movement around them at the nearest police station.
Responding, one of the participants, who is also the Secretary, Ogun State Community Development Council, Michael Akinfolarin, appreciated the state government and the organisers.
He urged his co-participants to support government at all levels, describing the training as a clear direction for people with regards to security in the state.