The security stakeholders’ meeting between Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and traditional rulers in Osun State on Tuesday agreed that Federal Government should immediately commence aerial surveillance of forests in South-West.
Punch reports that speaking to reporters after the meeting at Osun Goverment House, Oke Fia, Osogbo, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. who led about 80 other monarchs to the meeting, said they had got the FG’s commitment to regular aerial surveillance of forest in the region to tackle insecurity.
Osinbajo told reporters that the meeting was a continuation of the consultations the FG had embarked upon to tackle security challenges facing the country.
He said meeting with traditional rulers was necessary because of the roles they would play in helping to secure their domains.
The VP said the royal fathers would serve as intermediaries between state governments and the people in their various communities.
Osinbajo said, “This meeting is important because traditional rulers will interface with the government on behalf of their communities. We are bringing them on board to ensure a proper implementation of the strategy.”
Oba Ogunwusi said apart from the FG’s commitment to monitoring forests in the South-West, the government also promised to deploy more security officials to the region.
He said, “Without community policing we can’t progress. As royal fathers, we will work hand-in-hand with government to ensure security.”
The monarch added, “This will give our subjects, especially those in the diaspora, who are always afraid to come home more confidence in the security of the country.
“We need our people in the diaspora to start coming home. With this, they will also know we have good security measures in place. I am using this medium to appeal to them to come home and assist.
“The Vice-President, as directed by the President, promised us to monitor all the programmes to ensure successful implementation.”
Osun State Deputy Governor Benedict Alabi, who read Governor Adegboyega Oyetola’s address on the occasion, said they had adopted a pre-emptive approach to tame insecurity in the state.
The governor said the state government had held security meetings with all stakeholders in the state including the one in Ife-Ilesa zone to address the influx of criminals into the communities.
Oyetola said, “South-West governors have held a security summit which decision to work jointly is a panacea for the menace.
“We have collaborated with the neighbouring states, mobilised vigilance groups and hunters to police the flashpoints and other parts of the state.”
He added, “I have visited the Chief of Army Staff, the Inspector-General of Police and the Director General of the Department State Services to solicit support for our security plans.”