Ondo State governor and chairman, South West Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said that every state must be allowed to secure its space.
Akeredolu stated this during his inauguration for a second term in office, which held on Wednesday at the International Culture and Events Centre in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The governor also used the opportunity to call for the establishment of state police, adding that the need for to secure lives and property propelled the South West governors to established the regional security network, codenamed Amotekun.
He said: “The primary responsibility of any government is the security of lives and property of its citizens.
“We are of the firm belief that it is high time the police central command became devolved to the federating units for effective monitoring.
“We have been relentless in advocating for the establishment of state police. There can be another way if we are indeed serious about securing lives and property.
“It is this incongruity which propelled the South West governors to form a regional security network, codenamed Amotekun
“The ultimate is to convince others to understand that devolution of authority is inexorable. Every state must be allowed to secure its space.”
The governor hailed the regional security outfit, Amotekun, saying it has done well with successes recorded.
“It has been able to work within the law establishing it. Its operations and successes recorded justify its establishment,” he added.