The Kwara state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday declared open a multi-stakeholder security dialogue in Ilorin, the Kwara state Capital.
The Multi-stake holder security meeting with the theme: Towards Strengthening the security Architecture in Kwara State: Exploring Community Initiatives was attended by various security agencies, traditional rulers , religious leaders youths and various groups.
The governor in his welcome address said social inclusion, youths empowerment, and timely administration of justice are key to fostering peace and development in any society.
“We will definitely continue to give the necessary and complementary logistic support to our security agencies. However, we believe that security is a broad concept that goes beyond arming the various security agencies or hanging cameras everywhere,” AbdulRazaq said.
“We feel strongly that securing our society requires inclusion and empowerment of all the segments of our society. It involves guaranteeing social justice for everyone. It involves ensuring that no child is left behind in every developmental agenda. And it involves making sure that the justice system is not unduly slow or deliberately tilted against anyone.”
The one-day dialogue is a follow up to a recent meeting of Governors in the North Central region on security developments in the country.
Governor AbdulRazaq while commending security agencies and traditional rulers for their efforts to keep the peace in Kwara said that his administration is introducing a social investment programme to ensure that the welfare of every citizen of the state is given priority.
“Hunger and poverty are catalysts for crimes and they must be addressed headlong,” the Governor said, adding that the security dialogue was an opportunity to harvest the views of stakeholders in the state.
Keynote speakers at the event, Professors Hassan Salihu of the University of Ilorin and Dakas Dakas of University of Jos noted that though Kwara is largely a peaceful state, citizens must be proactive in identifying and reporting threats to security in their environments.
The duo commended the government for the dialogue which they described as timely and and asked for accountability and a respect for rules of engagement by the security agencies.
Professor Salihu urged members of the public to see security as a joint project owned by all. Adding that politicians must learn how to draw the line between politics, campaign period and governance. He called on them to sidestep their differences to build a sustainable system that works for all.
Speaking for the traditional institution, the Emir of Ilorin and chairman of the State Traditional Council Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari urged the Nigerian government to make better use of traditional institutions as did the colonial masters during the colonial period.
The Monarch commended government for the security dialogue, calling for better welfare for members of security agencies and funding for traditional institutions to boost communal peace.