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By: Ade Adeleke
The newly constituted South-West Governors’ Forum under the chairmanship of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has agreed to convene a Special Security Summit to tackle banditry and kidnappings that are now very rampant in the zone in recent time.
Governor Akeredolu disclosed this after he emerged the Chairman of the forum at a Special Security Meeting of Governors from the South West region, held at the Ondo State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
Different groups including NUJ, Yoruba Youths, Afenifere and Yoruba Elders had separately called on the federal government and the governors in the zone to address the insecurity.
The meeting was however held to address the growing spate of insecurity in the South West Region.
The Governors announced their decision to hold a regional security summit that will bring all critical stakeholders together to brainstorm on how to stem the tide of insecurity in the region.
The meeting was attended by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Oyo State Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde; Odun State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN.
Akeredolu’s emergence as Chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum followed a unanimous decision by all the governors from the South West.
Speaking after the Special Security meeting, the host Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, said the DAWN commission has been directed to coordinate the summit aimed at further promoting the developmental agenda of the South West region.
He said the DAWN commission will also look at all modalities that will help to stem the tide of banditry, kidnapping and insecurity in the zone and also look into the national agenda and response.
“There’s urgent need to stem the tide of criminal activities and banditry in our region and as leaders, we must be proactive in our approach to addressing the issue,” Governor Akeredolu said.
He stated further that a consulting firm, KPMG has been appointed to review the tenure of the Group Managing Director of Oodua investment company, which has all the South West State Governments as shareholders.