*says he felels pain of Ibarapa people
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer ‘Seyi Makinde has hinted that the state government has directed the immediate take-off of an identity management programme to enable it to know who is who in the communities.
Engineer Makinde who made this known on Sunday night while speaking in Igbo Ora during a meeting with selected stakeholders, local government chairpersons and political office holders from Ibarapa zone stated that in addition to this, the state government has approved the setting up of Peace and Security Committee at the local government levels, adding that the state government would put in place other security measures to ensure peace in the area.
According to the governor, the visit would enable him to find lasting solutions to the lingering insecurity issues in the area, saying, “the.take-home from the interaction for me is that it is a collective problem and I can see the commitment from everybody to find a solution to this. And, at least, I am quite glad that some of the initiatives that the government is trying to put in place to stem insecurity are coming to fruition”.
“We will ensure that our identity management programme takes off as quickly as possible. We will also ensure the setting up of peace and security committee that is all-encompassing in the councils.” he said.
Speaking further, the governor maintained that he cannot sleep with two eyes closed in Ibadan if the people of Ibarapa are unable to sleep with two eyes closed as the problems of insecurity in Ibarapaland needed to be tackled collectively, saying, “I feel the pain and I believe that with everybody coming together, we will be able to tackle the problem. Also, political office holders need to know that when they see something, they have to say something and call the attention of the government to the happenings within their localities
Disclosing that he decided to sleep over in Ibarapa to feel the pulse of the people, the governor commiserated with the families that have lost loved ones to the insecurity situation in Ibarapaland, the governor said “so, this is also to let people know that I feel their pain, because I have had a very close interaction with Dr. Fatai Aborode in the past. I commiserate with his family and many others who have lost loved ones to this situation.”
On the enforcement of anti-grazing law in Oyo state, the governor pointed out that such is an area where state police would have helped, saying, “quite frankly, the governors are at the mercy of federal security agencies to implement certain laws”
“That was why we asked for State Police. In the first instance, it is a constitutional issue and, in the absence of having that, governors in the South West came together and formed Amotekun as a stop gap. Problems don’t go away completely. But you have to keep working at it; keep pushing to get to where you really want to be and that is what we will keep doing. But the law is there, though the implementation has not been smooth, we will keep working at it.. 200 Amotekun Corps have been deployed. They are here and we are also supporting them with logistics by bringing four additional operational vehicles for them.”
The meeting was attended by the speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon.’Debo Ogundoyin, Commissioners, Chairmen and members of Boards and Parastatals, members of the State House of Assembly and all the political appointees from Ibarapa zone.ENDS.