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Insecurity: Edo gov. seeks improved ties with monarchs

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has called for increased collaboration between governments at all levels and the traditional institution to tackle the problem of insecurity and other challenges confronting the country.

Governor Obaseki made the call when he received the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who was on a courtesy visit at the Government House, on Monday, in Benin-ity.

The governor also received in audience a former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

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Governor Obaseki, who identified insecurity and food challenges as some of the biggest problems facing the nation, noted that working with the traditional institution, governments at all levels “will be able to tackle these issues which will lead to the economic development of the nation.”

According to him, “One of the biggest challenges that we have today is insecurity, as hoodlums terrorise our lives in various communities across the country.

“If we must tackle the security challenges facing this country, Government must work very closely with the traditional authorities who are well-grounded in the grassroots and know the people well to bring to an end the security challenges facing this country. We are already doing that in Edo State and the results are there to show.”

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The governor continued, “The economy of our country is not doing well and we all have a big role to play. Without us producing more for ourselves, we wouldn’t be able to sustain our current level of imports.

“The traditional institution has a role to play, as we encourage our people to farm and produce more foods to feed ourselves. In the first half of this year, we have spent N1trillion importing food and it’s not sustainable.”

Pledging his government’s commitment to sustain the partnership with the traditional institution in the state, Governor Obaseki Continued, “We embrace the traditional institution in Edo State as they have a deep sense of understanding of the challenges and problems in our local communities.”