Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, on Monday said his administration will use technology to tackle insecurity and fight crimes in the state.
Makinde, who disclosed this in his welcome address at the South West security summit held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, said the recent deterioration in the security architecture of the South West and the country at large, prompted the security summit held on June 25, in Ibadan, which was coordinated by DAWN.
He said: “It was a consensus that measures be put in place to address insecurity in the geopolitical zone.
“In furtherance of this noble and lofty ideal, a holistic framework for security of the South West is being put up by the DAWN Commission.
“In Oyo State, in the next few days, we shall unveil a security roadmap, focused on improving security infrastructure.
“Awakening the security consciousness of our people and encouraging robust partnership of non-state actors, such as the traditional institutions, volunteers, and other well-meaning residents of the state.
“Application of technology in fighting crimes and criminalities; collaboration with development partners, especially in the areas of capacity building for our security personnel and others.”
The governor said all the security agencies in the state must work together in order to tackle insecurity and crimes effectively, noting that the security of lives and properties of the people is not negotiable.
His words: “Promotion of effective synergy amongst security agencies deployed to the state and ensuring effective oversight of the security agencies to curb excesses, especially in the areas of corruption and trampling on the fundamental rights of our people.
“Ensuring the judicious use of assets of the state assigned to the security agencies, and also ensuring the sustenance of the afore-mentioned measures, as well as periodic review of the measures to meet the dynamic nature of the society.”
Makinde, who emphasised the obligations of the government to the people under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria added that, “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.
“We will do whatever is necessary to protect the lives and properties of our people in Oyo State within the ambits of the law.”