The Governors of the six Southwest States in Nigeria have agreed to launch a new security architecture to tackle the security challenges facing the region, latest by August, 2019.
This was made known by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, while speaking at a special thanksgiving service in honour of his mother, Madam Abigail Makinde, at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Ibadan.
State Wide Security System
The Governor also declared that Oyo State would equally launch a State-wide security system before his 100 days in office.
“The Governors of the Southwest States have been meeting to find lasting solutions to the security challenges in the region.
“I and other Governors of the Southwest, have met on how to launch a new security architecture before the end of August, 2019. The first 100 days of this government will be on the 5th of September and before the 5th of September, we will launch a new security architecture in Oyo state,” governor Makinde said.
The revelation was Governor Makinde’s reaction to a section of the homily by the officiating Clergy, Venerable Samuel Osungbeju, which harped on the rising wave of insecurity in the land.
The Governor took time to dwell on the four key pillars of his administration, which include security, health, education and economy.
He said his government would strengthen supervision and monitoring of the implementation of health and education policies.
Makinde disclosed that his government would also direct energy in the way of job creation to ensure that the teeming population of jobless youths are taken care of.
Speaking on the cancelled N3,000 education levy imposed on students of public schools by the immediate past administration, the Governor said his government would ensure strict monitoring of the improved monthly subvention which would soon be provided for the schools.
He explained that the his administration decided to cancel the imposed levies to allow many indigent students have access to free education.
Running of Public Schools
Makinde noted that his government was intent on ensuring the smooth running of public schools and wouldtherefore put in place a monitoring system that would ensure efficiency.
Speaking on the situation in the health sector, the Governor said that what he met on the ground was more of window dressing in that the past administration spent money in some parts of the sector but did not monitor its effectiveness.
He said: “I have visited Adeoyo State Hospital and I will soon be visiting other State hospitals in Igbeti, Saki, Ogbomoso, and Oyo. What I saw at Adeoyo was more of window dressing. The radiography machine has never worked since it was installed…If it is only monitoring we can achieve, we would have done well for the health sector in Oyo State.”
Earlier in his sermon, Venerable Osungbeju, called for love and tolerance among Nigerians, saying, “No nation or state can prosper and develop without love among its people,”
Osungbeju said that the incessant maiming and killing of innocent citizens across the country calls for concerted prayer and divine intervention.