Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has instructed Caretaker Council chairmen in the State to, as a matter of urgency, set up security committees in their various domains, to tackle the spate of insecurity in various parts of the State.
Makinde also disclosed that the State arm of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed, Operation Amotekun, would not be under the control of the Federal government but fully owned, managed and controlled by the State government.
The Governor gave the directive, on Wednesday, during a meeting with all the Caretaker chairmen and chairpersons across the 33 Local Government Areas, LGAs, and 35 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, of the State.
The meeting, held at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, started around 6:15 pm. It lasted for about 90 minuted and was attended by top government functionaries in the State.
On the issue of setting up security committees, Makinde said, “It must be done almost immediately and I will be happy to release funds and give approvals for you to spend some money on security within your domain. We want our people to sleep with their two eyes closed and of course, security is one of the pillars of this administration. So we must do everything possible, every other thing is resting on a safe and secured environment.”
The Governor stated that the security of the people is extremely important, as no development can take place in an atmosphere of insecurity.
He urged the chairmen, as the government closest to the people, to take up the challenge of insecurity in their various domains, saying once the committees were set up, his administration would work with the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters to ensure that all the enablers needed by the chairmen are provided.
Noting that the meeting was to review the activities of the councils, as well as afford the chairmen the opportunity to state their various challenges, the Governor said his sending the names of nominees as members of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) for screening and approval by the State House of Assembly, means things would happen in quick succession.
Makinde disclosed, “OYSIEC are the ones to conduct Local Government elections. So as soon as they are cleared and we swear them in, I am sure they will swing into action and they will let us know their programme.
“So, I want you to stay tuned because things will happen and they will happen rapidly. It is not only the chairmen and chairpersons that are to be elected, each ward must have a representative. So we want real and true democracy even at the Local Government level in Oyo State.”
The Governor informed the Council bosses that he would not impose any candidate on the people, who want to elect their officials to run their affairs and be accountable to them.
He noted that the chairmen must relate well with party members at the grassroots and show evidence of good performance in their domains, as a committee would be set up, at the State level, to review the activities of the chairmen before the election is conducted.
While calling for synergy among the Council areas, especially on joint projects and management of public assets, Makinde urged the chairmen to ensure that they serve as guardians of public assets and the face of the government at the grassroot level.
Source: Voice of Nigeria