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The Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun through the Ogun State Security Trust Fund Board has raised over one billion naira in order to fight insecurity in the state.
The money was raised on Sunday at a stakeholders’ dinner organised by the Ogun State Security Trust Fund Board.Speaking at the dinner, Abiodun said the state is vulnerable to criminal attacks as a result of its location and proximity to three other states, including Lagos and a neighbouring country.
The governor added that there are plans underway to set a joint patrol team, to be known as ‘Amotekun’ in the southwest region.
He however stressed the need for all stakeholders to be involved in security issues.
He lamented that the security agencies in the state were operating without the needed tools.
The governor decried the lack of communication system for security agencies in the state.
He noted that that it is bad that the lack of a proper communication system had stalled proper communication between security chiefs in the state.
He said, “We need more equipment, we do not have any telecommunication equipment, we need monitoring and tracking devices because it is these monitoring and tracking devices that we can monitor and track these criminals.
“It is shameful that our security agencies do not have a communication system or equipment within the state, meaning that the commissioner of police cannot speak with his counterpart in the military, Department of State Services or even worse still, he cannot speak with his Area commander, Divisional Police Officers of police stations across the state.
“Their vehicles were not functioning very well; no tracking devices, no enough finance, so, we are looking at correcting those anomalies with our security trust fund.
“The vehicles need to be maintained. The officers need to be looking after. To these, we have come to you to assist us so that we can ensure that not only do we have the funding, but that this is also sustained.”
In his remarks, the chairman of the Fund, Bolaji Balogun, said the Trust Fund, established in 2011 and amended in 2019, was saddle with the responsibility of among other things, managing, procuring and maintaining security equipment, promote efficiency of all security agencies and manage resources in a transparent and accountable manner for the purpose of public security.
Balogun added that the board will avail stakeholders an opportunity to have quarterly reports of programmes
He further said the board will be open to auditing of its accounts to show to the people that they were truly there to serve.