AS part of efforts to stem down crime wave in Ondo state, the state government is set to organize a security summit with the theme “Improving Security Architecture in Ondo State for Sustainable Peace and Development ”
The security summit, which is the maiden edition is expected to hold on Thursday 17th January 2019, at the International Event Center, (The Dome) Akure, Ondo state capital, where all security challenges and solutions would be critically examined.
Speaking at a press conference to herald the summit, the Chairman Planning Committee, of the Security Summit, Mr Jones Ogunmusere, said the security summit became imperative because of the security challenges ravaging the state.
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According to him, “the need to proactively look at the future security needs in the light of the developmental efforts the present administration of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has embarked upon to attract capital inflow to the state”.
Ogunmusere also said the summit is important in order to create a conducive environment for investors and their investments in the state
He explained that stakeholders, including security agencies, community and traditional rulers, religious leaders, market women across the state and neighbouring states would attend the one day summit, saying the issue of security should not be left in the hands of government alone.
He also stressed the need to establish synergy with all the neighbouring states, which included, Osun, Ogun, Kogi, Edo, Delta and Ekiti states saying it became necessary in order to put an end to all security challenges in all the states and also to establish synergy among the security agencies in these states.
“It is imperative that we create a conducive environment for investors and their investment. The geographical location of Ondo state is such that people with criminal tenders make inroad into the state from neighbouring states. it is these reasons, therefore, the state governor decided to constitute this committee to package and organise security summit.”
The Chairman of the Planning Committee added that a private Security Consultancy Services and other resource persons were expected at the summit to discuss security challenges, while ideas and recommendation would be harvested.
He assured that ideas and recommendations that will emerge from the summit be implemented saying ” the recommendations will be backed up by laws. Lawmakers, judiciary and other relevant stakeholders to make the recommendations effective will be involved in the summit
“So many innocent lives had been wasted and killed by these criminals. We have identified that we have a problem at hand and we must all come together to solve this problem but we should not leave this challenge in the hand of government alone.
“The summit is to create public awareness and to further rekindle the public knowledge on security activities and how to manage and disseminate intelligence information without distorting same.
“The summit is for capacity building and to correct the erroneous impression the security of the state should be left in the hands of government alone”
“The recommendations of the summit will not be thrown into trash bin, but we will ensure the implementation of all the recommendations at the end of the summit.”