Oyo Governor promises better security

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

Governor Seyi Makinde

Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has disclosed that his administration  would do all it can to quickly turn around the security architecture of the State in order to open up for foreign investors and boost the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

The Governor said this during a visit to the Headquarters of the State’s Joint Task Force on Security, named, “Operation Burst”.

Reinstating confidence
He commended the Brigadier-General Oluyinka Soyele led patrol outfit, noting that their efforts have reinstated confidence in the people of the State.

Makinde stated: “Let me use this opportunity to appreciate the good work you have been doing in this State. For us in Oyo State, you have allowed our people to have confidence in your outfit. I asked people to give me complaints about the outfit but they were neither here nor there.”

He maintained that he would re-launch “Operation Burst” within his first 100 days in office, so as to guarantee investors a peaceful and conducive environment.

The Governor disclosed that, “This administration has four main pillars with agriculture value chain as a key aspect to promote foreign investment. But we will be very limited in our drive if people come here and they do not have a conducive atmosphere to do their business.”

Affirming that a lot needs to be done in the area of security, Makinde noted that the security architecture needs to be redesigned to ensure adequate security, as nobody would invest in an atmosphere of insecurity.

He stated: “The challenges of herdsmen and farmers, kidnapping, killings will basically make the environment more challenging. We appreciate the fact that if we want to achieve all the other pillars we have mentioned, the security needs to be taken seriously. We have a lot of work to do as regards security. I am in a hurry to bring investors to Oyo State and I want them to see a new dawn and a new Oyo State.”

The Governor, while making a commitment to beef up “Operation Burst” and ensure that it has enough men to help, also promised the outfit that, “You can always count on us that we will take your welfare seriously.”


 Sammie Idika