Security is one of the four main pillars of the Governor Seyi Makinde led administration as contained in his Roadmap for Accelerated Development in Oyo State 2019-2023. In the past one year, Governor Seyi Makinde’s government has again invested in providing the necessary equipment to the security agencies to carry out their duties in Oyo State. The government has also employed various strategies to tackle security challenges in Oyo State including initiating voluntary policing for more effective intelligence gathering and policing the entry and exit points of the state.
One major win of Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration in the past one year, is the operationalisation of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun in Oyo State in November 2020. This included the recruitment and training of 1,500 Amotekun Corps members. Amotekun was created to fulfil an election promise to enhance community participation in crime prevention under the neighbourhood watch programme. Amotekun Corps members are to complement the efforts of the federal security agencies in Oyo State.
Below are the achievements of Governor Seyi Makinde’s government in security in the past one year:
Expansion and upgrade of the Security Control Room and City Watch facilities at the Oyo State Security Trust Fund Headquarters, Onireke, Jericho, Ibadan.
Provision of CCTV cameras in strategic locations in the state which are linked to the Security Control Room .
Provision of communication equipment to the security agencies in the state for easy communication from one location to the other.
Provision of brand new operational vehicles (Hilux Pick-Up Vans, Kia Rio cars, JAC Pick-Up Vans, Mikano Pick up Vans and Dial Auto Pick-Up Vans) to the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, ‘Operation Burst’ and Amotekun.
Provision of steel helmets, bullet proof jackets, combat boots and other security equipment to the security agencies in Oyo State.
Establishment of a Joint Security Force Base at Mamu Village – the border between Oyo and Ogun States along Ijebu-Ibadan Road comprising:
- Beds for security personnel at the security post
- CCTV cameras
- Water tank
- Detachable Toilet
- Solar Energy
- Safe School initiative security cameras in secondary schools.
- Communication equipment on operational vehicles and personnel.
- Provision of security personnel at exit and entry points in the state.
To complement the efforts of the security agencies, Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration commenced the ‘Light up Oyo’ Phase 2 installation of streetlights on 223.48km of roads in all zones of Oyo State.
Governor Seyi Makinde’s government has also maintained prioritising the welfare of officers of all security agencies in Oyo State in the following ways:
- Financial support (welfare/running cost).
- Provision of PMS to operational vehicles.
- Monthly servicing of Patrol Vehicles.
- Allowance for officers on patrol/pin down duties.
- Increment of ration allowance and extension of the same to all security agencies.