Michael Olanrewaju, Ilorin.
As part of efforts to curb security challenges in Nigeria through involvement of traditional rulers, a first class monarch in Kwara State, the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Oladele Adeoti has promised robust synergy with all the security agencies in his domain.
The monarch gave this promise when Mr Jonathan Adenrele Owoade, the state FRSC Sector Commander and his team paid him a visit in his palace in Omu-Aran.
Owoade was in Omu-Aran as part of his familiarisation tour of FRSC units and outposts in Kwara South Senatorial district of the State.
He was accompanied on the visit by Mr Festus Adetunji, the FRSC Unit Commander in Omu-Aran and some heads of security agencies within the community.
Oba Adeoti, who described the people of his community as hospitable, accommodating and peace loving, said the community presently enjoyed harmonious relationship with officials and men of the command.
He thanked the sector commander for giving adequate recognition to the people of the community through the visit.
He said the existing synergy with officers and men of the FRSC unit command in the town had been yielding positive results.
The monarch said the recent constitution of Omu-Aran Market Transport Taskforce Committee headed by the Unit Commander, Mr Festus Adetunji, was part of the product of such synergy.
He commended the command for it’s numerous initiative, especially the recent campaign on total particular’s compliance, geared towards ensuring safer roads.
Owoade, in his remarks, said the visit was in line with a recent directive from the command’s headquarters in Abuja, on the need for road users, especially motorists and motorcyclists, to be up to date with relevant particulars.
He said the visit was also to seek maximum cooperation from community leaders, transport unions, security agencies and other stakeholders toward achieving the desired results.
According to him, the role of traditional rulers and transport stakeholders in tackling armed robbery, banditry, kidnappings and reducing incessant road crashes could not be over emphasised.
“We are in a situation where incessant kidnappings, armed robbery, banditry have become the order of the day.
“In tackling these, there is a directive from the headquarters that all road users must be up to date with relevant particulars including drivers’ and riders’ licences.
“We believe that adequate compliance will help in no small measure to assist the Corps and the Police in arresting those engaging in the nefarious acts.
“The initial deadline for maximum compliance was in August but was shifted till now to give enough room for concerned road users to obtain necessary particulars in carrying out their operations,’’ he said.
Owoade appealed to the community leaders for assistance in re-equipping the command’s licencing office in Omu-Aran that was burgled few years ago.
He urged officers and men of the unit command to always be alive to their responsibilities of promoting safer roads at all times.
Also, Chief Bisi Adeyemi, President, Omu-Aran Development Association (ODA), promised that the association would continue to assist FRSC and other security agencies in the discharge of their assignments.
Members of the FRSC team that accompanied the unit commander to the palace include: Mr Festus Adetunji, FRSC Omu-Aran Unit Commander, heads of security agencies in Omu-Aran such as the Police, Civil Defence Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Nigeria Correctional Services. (END)