By Adeola Badru
IBADAN—GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has said that the task of having adequate security in any society requires the commitment and contributions of all stakeholders.
In a similar vein, the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Bayo Adelabu made case for the strict compliance of residents of the state to the government’s directive on payment of necessary levies to support the government.
They said this at the Oyo State Security Trust Fund summit/Town Hall Meeting, held yesterday at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan.
The summit was titled: ‘Public-Private Partnership in Security Funding’.
Ajimobi, who was represented by his deputy, Otunba Moses Adeyemo, pointed out that security was an expensive venture, adding that the present federal structure of the security agencies was not sustainable.
The governor said: “The idea of state police is a step in the right direction but this means the existing structure should not be strengthened and not be abandoned.”
The governor noted that the enabling law of the Oyo State Security Trust Fund has been amended by the state House of Assembly to pave way for the operation of a private sector driven state security trust fund, which he said, was to ensure that all stakeholders fulfil their roles as responsible citizens of the state by contributing their quota to the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the state.
“Security is therefore the only singularly most expensive societal endeavour the world over. It therefore demands the synergy of all stakeholders”, he said.
Earlier in his address, the chairman of the security trust fund, Mr. Bayo Adelabu stated that the security trust fund was aimed at transforming the security apparatus in the state from being a reactionary one to an anticipatory one.