Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has charged security agencies to adopt new techniques in tackling the menace of insecurity currently confronting the nation.
Governor Abiodun, who posited that only a new approach by the security agencies can reverse the trend of banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and other forms of criminality, gave this when he received the new State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Niyi Ajibola, at his Oke-Mosan Office, Abeokuta.
He said it was imperative for security agencies to fashion out an all-encompassing and efficient method that would not only address the menace, but also nip it in the bud.
“Ogun is a unique State in terms of geography. We have boundaries with four states as well as an international border. We place priority on supporting security agencies because of our position as the Industrial hub of this country.
“We have a lot of people crisscrossing the state, hence, the premium on security”, he said.
The governor observed that security was not only about providing the needed weapons, but adequate welfare to the officers and men, adding that the relative peace in the state was as a result of synergy among the various security agencies.
He said the state in the past three years, has risen to the security challenges by establishing the Amotekun Corps to assist the federal security agencies noting that, “We cannot afford the breakdown of law and order that will threaten the commonwealth of the state”.
The governor described Commandant Ajibola as a fine officer with rich and diverse experience, having transverse the length and breadth of the country in the course of serving his fatherland.
While calling on the new NSCDC boss to emulate his predecessor, who performed creditably well, Abiodun also charged him to put his wealth of experience into play by securing public institutions such as schools, hospitals, worship centres, among others.
Speaking earlier, Commandant Ajibola said his mission was to support the government to meet its policies and programmes, by ensuring adequate security in all the crannies of the state.
Ajibola who decried the upsurge of cult activities in the state, said the Counter Terrorists Unit of the Corps would assist the state in tackling the menace, while plans are on to establish a Quick Response Squad to respond to emergency security cases around the state.
While pledging to serve the state better through increased visibility, the new commandant also pledged that the organization would scale up its operations as the general elections draw near, to guarantee safety of lives and property of the people.