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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Wednesday promised that he will work with traditional rulers in the state in an effort to halt cases of killing and kidnapping of innocent citizens in the state.
Makinde gave the assurance while addressing some traditional rulers at a meeting held in Ibadan.
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 Oyo State Traditional Council, Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko and heads of other security agencies.
The Governor while speaking declared that his administration will continue to work with traditional rulers in all the state to tackle insecurity.
Makinde said that as part of measures to improve the security situation in the state, his administration has set up a Security Task Force comprising cabinet members and heads of security agencies including Operation Burst and Amotekun.
He added that his government introduced the voluntary policing approach in which non-state actors will work together with other security agencies to tackle insecurity in the state.
He said, “The reason we are in this meeting today is because security is one of the four pillars of our administration, and one of our key policies as contained in the roadmap for accelerated development in Oyo State (2019-2023).
“There are actually four cardinal points, which this administration is standing on. We have Health, Education, Expansion of our Economy and Security.
“So, If Oyo State is to continue on the path to economic growth, then, the state’s security architecture must be maintained.
“So far, Oyo State is doing well economically and this is as a result of the policies which this administration has put in place.
“For example, the February 2021 inflation report for all food items showed that Oyo State has the lowest inflation rate in the country.
“While other states are battling with increases in food prices and other things, in Oyo State, the cost of transportation, housing and food items, including bread, yam, fruits and vegetables, have remained stable.
“But if we want to continue to enjoy this stability, we must ensure that we maintain a secure environment.”