Ogun state to demolish houses harboring kidnappers

The Ogun State Government has said it will commence the demolition of houses identified to be residences of kidnappers. It said it will also revoke the certificates of occupancy of such buildings.

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

The governor, Dapo Abiodun, made this known at the inauguration of the ‘reinvigorated’ Security Trust Fund on Saturday. He highlighted that he has fulfilled yet another promise to provide good governance to the people.

He said with the launching of the reinvigorated security trust fund, the full architecture for internal safety of lives and property has been fully emplaced.

“It is a demonstration of our government’s unreserved commitment towards ensuring that the people have a good life and pursue their legitimate business in a secured environment.”

The governor said the amended Ogun State Security Trust Fund law is a private sector-driven program that would support the state government in addressing various security challenges facing the state.

“The aim of these security trust fund is to have the private sector support the government in addressing various security challenges facing our dear state. These new and reinvigorated trust fund will be responsible for sourcing and efficiently deploying the resources towards achieving a safe and secured environment,” he said.

“It is our sincere belief that with this Trust Fund, our security will be further strengthened to provide a more secured environment where our people will live a more prosperous life,” Mr Abiodun said.

He noted that the new security trust fund would be responsible for sourcing and efficiently deploying the resources towards achieving a safe and secured environment, adding that it would be uncharitable to believe that the state could single-handedly provide all the funds that would be needed to ensure the security of lives and property.

The governor said that the inauguration of the security trust fund was another approach towards giving the people, individuals and corporate organisations a window of opportunity to contribute towards the overall development of the state.

He added that the people should note that resources given towards actualising a sound security network would be prudently used by the team set up to manage the states security trust fund.

The committee has Bolaji Balogun as Chairman; (Rtd AIG) Olushola Subair; Kamar, Chief Financial Officer, Access Bank; Seyi Kumapayi, Group Executive, Commercial Banking, First Bank; Seyi Oyefeso, Executive Director, Wema Bank; Wole Akinleye, while Opeyemi Agbaje would serve as the Executive Secretary.

The governor tasked the committee to provide money for the acquisition and deployment of security equipments and such human material and financial resources that shall be necessary to prevent crime and preserve public security in the state, promote the efficiency of all the security agencies in the state, to hold for the benefit of all residents of the state, gift, property and money for the purpose of crime prevention and public security in the state.

Mr Abiodun further tasked the committee to mobilise funding and resources in cash or kind from the public private, corporate, institutional or all other sources and to manage those resources in a transparent and accountable manner for the purpose of public security in the state.

He said the committee should reserve part of the the fund for the training and retraining of security personnel in the state and to do all other things and perform all other functions for the purpose of public security as and contained in the Ogun State Security Trust Fund Law of 2011, as amended by the Ogun State Security Trust Fund amendment law of 2019.

In his response, the chairman of the Ogun State Security Trust Fund, Mr Balogun acknowledged the effort of the governor to have a secured state. He described him as a man of history, who came in as governor at the right moment.

Mr Balogun disclosed that the Security Trust Fund Committee would work hard and not disappoint the state, adding that the activities of the states security trust fund would be transparently done.

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