Security remains pivotal for a thriving and robust economy. Investors are assured of the safety of their lives, properties and investments within the borders of the state. We are working with federal authorities and have a newly constituted state security architecture to guarantee the protection of the people of Oyo state safe.
Review of Security Campaign Promises
(ONE YEAR IN OFFICE)
1. Enhance community participation in crime prevention under the neighbourhood watch programme.
Not yet commenced.
2. Ensure adequate mechanisms exist for ensuring safety of citizens and property.
Some of the mechanisms put in place in the last one year are:
• Light-up Oyo project. The Oyo State Government installed streetlights to enhance security operations.
• There is enhanced visibility of Security Agencies by strategic positioning of response vehicles round the state.
• The state’s security architecture has been strengthened with the resuscitation/ revamping of the Police Swift Response Squad (SRS) and re-jigging Operation Burst.
• The government sought and got approval for the creation of an additional Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron, which commenced operation at Ago-Are in Atisbo South West LCDA in Oke-Ogun axis of the state. This is long overdue because of the vastness of the state and need to strengthen security in Oke-Ogun axis where the state’s international border with the Republic of Benin lies.
• The enactment of the Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill, 2019 which was signed into law by Governor Seyi Makinde on October 31, 2019.
• The Oyo State Security Network, code-named ‘AMOTEKUN’ was successfully launched on January 09, 2020. While the Oyo State Security Network Agency (‘AMOTEKUN’) Bill 2019 was signed into law by Governor Seyi Makinde on March 10, 2020.
3. Advocacy across the state to seek reduction of the crime incidence rate.
The government has emplaced an enabling environment to encourage regular dialogue between the security agencies and stakeholders viz:
- Interactive meetings at the Police HQ with different group of non-state actors by the Commissioner of Police and Heads of other Security Agencies (Service Commanders), with active participation of representatives of the Executive Governor.
- Through the Legislative Arm of Government, public hearings were held on legislations on Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill, 2019; Oyo State Financial Crimes Commission Bill 2019 which was signed into law by Governor Seyi Makinde on December 11, 2019; and the Oyo State Security Network Agency (‘AMOTEKUN’) Bill 2019 which was signed into law by Governor Seyi Makinde on March 10, 2020.
- The Oyo State Government hosted the South West Security Summits convened by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission and the Inspector-General of Police, respectively.
- State-wide operational tour for security threat assessment and dissemination of information on safety and security.
- Interaction on security awareness with Ibadan Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture.
4. Establish an emergency response system.
The Oyo State Government operationalised the Citizens’ Emergency toll-free line (615). The toll-free line was acquired by the previous administration but not put into use, until the present administration operationalised it.
5. Setting up of security control room.
The Oyo State Government refurbished the previous control room domiciled at Iyaganku Police Area Command and has commenced the expansion of the Oyo State Security Trust Fund (OYSSTF) control room (ongoing).
6. Purchase of modern equipment and logistics for security agencies to fight crime.
The Oyo State Government procured and installed modern communication gadgets (walkie-talkies with corresponding servers and monitors), with capacity for state-wide coverage and live video streaming of scene of crime as well as geo-location of operatives for oversight purposes. First of its kind in the state for security operatives.
7. Welfare support to the security agencies.
The Oyo State Government regularly provides welfare [ration cash allowances (RCAs)] for Officers and men of the State Security Outfits, including fueling the operational vehicles.
8. Willingness and ability of government to listen to, hear and respond to the people and address their expressed interest.
The Oyo State Government has established a robust feedback system that logs and escalates issues that affect the citizenry.
9. Ensuring of public vigilance at all levels.
10. Effective capacity building for security agencies (training and re-training).
Not yet commenced but being planned.
11. Provision of operational vehicles to security agencies.
The Oyo State Government procured and distributed 100 Rio Kia motor vehicles fully equipped with modern security communication gadgets and 49 JAC Pickup Vans (it also refurbished 8 Toyota Hilux Pickup Vans and 1 Utility Lorry) for the Security Outfits, including the newly created Police Mobile Force Squadron (No. 72 PMF), Ago-Are and ‘AMOTEKUN.’
12. Enhanced funding support to the security agencies.
Enhanced funding (monthly running cost/logistic support) for all the Security and Law Enforcement Institutions in the state.
13. Provision of toll-free line to the citizens to reach security agencies in period of emergencies.
Operationalised the Citizens’ Emergency toll-free line (615). Toll-free line acquired by previous administration but not put into use, until present administration operationalised it.
14. Effective provision of crime information.
Operationalised the Citizens’ Emergency toll-free line (615). Toll-free line acquired by the previous administration but not put into use, until present administration operationalised it.