Michael Olanrewaju, Osogbo.
The state Government of Osun has assured the people of the state of adequate security of their lives and properties.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Adelani Baderinwa said the government has not relented on its efforts to providing maximum security and ensure peace and harmony in the state.
Baderinwa attributed the peaceful atmosphere of the state to proactiveness and security consciousness of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the social justice being rendered by his administration.
He stated this while answering journalists’ questions on Monday while speaking on the recent security breach of multiple bank robberies in Offa, Kwara state that led to several deaths and loss of huge amount of currencies vis-à-vis relative peace been enjoyed the State of Osun.
Baderinwa maintained that the essence of governance is to ensure peace, harmony and security of life and property of the people, stating that Aregbesola had taken the bull by the horn in ensuring that every citizen of the state is protected and people could sleep with their two eyes closed.
According to Baderinwa, Osun is being rated one of the five top most peaceful stated in Nigeria because Aregbesola’s administration has been putting in place adequate security measures that make it difficult for crime perpetrations to thrive.
He said: “Aregbesola was perhaps the most prepared person for governorship position. He had his practical manifestoes for the smooth running of govt.
“One of the Six Integral Action Plan of Aregbesola’s government is Communal Peace and Progress. Essence of government is to ensure peace and harmony and social justice in the land, and that is what Aregbesola is offering the people of the state
“Aregbesola had been proactive on provision of security of life and property of the people in the state. And that is why we are enjoying peace in the state of Osun. He procured and distributed 125 security patrol vehicles and 25 Armoured Personnel Carrier to security agencies in the state to enhance security of the state.”
Baderinwa commiserated with the Kwara state government, the Olofa of Offa, Muftau Gbadamosi and the Nigeria Police Force on the robbery incident that claimed about 30 lives.
The commissioner speakers further: “Provision of security in every society begins with ensuring protection of lives and properties and putting in place social justice and equity that ensure youth engagement. These two aspects of governance are strategic to curtailing crimes in the society, and I am happy that Osun people know that Aregbesola has ensured social justice and engaged the youths positively.
“The Nigeria Peace Index in its report released last Friday rated Osun the most peaceful state in Nigeria based on the level of poverty, crime rate, level of education, rate of human rights abuse and level of Incarceration.
“We cannot deny the fact that Osun is among the top five states with least poverty rate, our education system is second to none in Nigeria and there is almost lack of abuse of human rights in the state.
Besides, the Aregbesola’s administration in 2012 procured and distributed 125 security patrol vehicles and 25 modern Armoured Personnel Carrier to security agencies in the state. This has enhanced security of life and property in the state.”
Baderinwa tasked the people of the state on community policing, saying that security is a collective effort and required the corporation of all stakeholders.
He urged the people to be vigilant and conscious of everybody in their neighbourhood, just as he assured them of adequate security of life and property.