…As Amaechi warns that only Poverty alleviation is panacea to insecurity***
In furtherance of the resolve of the Yoruba nation to frontally tackle insecurity in the Southwest zone of the country, the governors of the six Southwest states are scheduled to launch new security architecture in August.
The former Governor of Rivers and immediate past Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi however warns Saturday, that only poverty alleviation at all levels of government can provide an enduring panacea, to lingering insecurity in the country.
The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde who indicated this on Sunday at a special thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Yemetu, Ibadan, also highlighted that the Governors in the region have met and agreed to launch the new security architecture to nip the menace of insecurity in the bud.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa in a statement, indicated that Makinde stated this during a thanksgiving service in honour of his mother, Madam Abigail Makinde, noting that Oyo state would equally launch its state-own security system before his 100 days in office.
The statement further quoted Makinde as saying that the governors of South West states have been meeting to find lasting solutions to the security challenges in the region.
“I and other governors of the Southwest, have met on how to launch a new security architecture before the end of August 2019.
“The first 100 days of this government will be on the 5th of September and before the 5th of September, we will launch a new security architecture for the state”, he disclosed, reiterating the commitment of his administration towards the four key pillars of his administration, which were Security, Health, Education and Economy.
He said his government would strengthen supervision and monitoring of the implementation of health and education policies.
According to him, the government would also direct energy in the way of job creation to ensure that the teeming population of jobless youths are taken care of.
Makinde stated that having cancelled the N3,000 education levy imposed on students by the immediate past administration, his government would ensure strict monitoring of the improved monthly subvention, which will soon be provided for the schools.
He posited that his administration decided to cancel the levies hitherto imposed on students of public schools to allow many indigent students have access to free education.
“The government is intent on ensuring the smooth running of schools but will also put in place a monitoring system that would ensure efficiency,” he said.
According to the governor, what he met on ground as regard health sector; was “more of window dressing.
“I have visited Adeoyo Hospital, Ibadan and what I saw at Adeoyo was more of window dressing, the radiography machine has never worked since it was installed”, he stated, alleging that the past administration spent some money in some sectors, especially health without monitoring its effectiveness.
Earlier, Samuel Osungbeju, in his sermon, called for love and tolerance among Nigerians, adding that people should always show love to other fellow human beings.
Osungbeju noted that no nation or state can prosper and develop without love among its people, and condemned the incessant maiming and killing of innocent citizens across the country, while calling for concerted prayers and divine intervention.
In the meantime, the former Governor of Rivers and immediate past Minister of Transportation has warned that poverty alleviation at all levels of government is panacea to lingering insecurity in the country.
Amaechi who indicated this in Abuja, also stressed that only viable and productive economy that creates jobs will surmount the current spate of insecurity in the country.
He commended the APC-led federal government for devising templates aimed at revamping the economy.
“This government knows the problems of the country which they inherited.
“That is why President Muhammadu Buhari declares war against poverty as a means to ending insecurity,’’ he said.
Amaechi, who made the President’s new ministerial nominee list, restated the need to revitalize the economy for sustainable development at all levels.
He identified youth empowerment as vital in wealth creation for a stable and secured polity.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari on June 12, democracy day, promised to reduce poverty to minimal level in Nigeria.