The Governor of Osun State Mr Adegboyega Oyetola has inaugurated 360 newly-recruited officers into the State Security Network Agency ”Amotekun Corps’. 

This follows the completion of the 23-day training programme for the personnel as part of efforts to prepare them for the task ahead. 

Speaking at the Passing-Out-Parade ceremony for the new Amotekun Corps officers which held in Ejigbo, Governor Oyetola stated that his administration’s commitment to security, safety and welfare of the people remained irrevocable. 

He added that the Administration had given security the prime position, as it is critical to its Development Agenda and a strategy for transforming the State’s economy. 

The Governor charged the new Amotekun Corps personnel to display highest level of professionalism, discipline, competence, integrity and Omoluabi ethos in the discharge of their duty to protect. 

He also implored citizens and residents of the State to cooperate with the Corps operatives to make security management easy and peaceful.

Speaking further Governor Oyetola said explained that Amotekun was created to collaborate with conventional security agencies, the vigilance groups and hunters across the State in order to ensure proper coordination in security of the people. 

The Governor commended security agencies in Osun for their service to the State and assured that the State Government would continue to support them while also encouraging them to collaborate with one another. 

He disclosed that the State Government had procured 20 security vehicles with communication gadgets to support security operatives, while 750 vigilantes have been recruited across all local governments in the State to provide intelligence on the activities and suspicious movements of criminals. 

In his welcome address, the Chairman, Osun Security Network Agency/Amotekun Corps, Brig. Gen. Ademola Aderibigbe (rtd), applauded the creation of the security outfit which he described as a child of necessity to permanently stem the tide of insecurity in the State in particular and the southwest region in general. 

In a goodwill message, the Speaker, Osun House of Assembly Mr. Timothy Owoeye extolled the collective efforts that gave birth to the formation of Amotekun in the Southwest, while expressing the reassurance of the House commitment to continuously support the State in its efforts to guarantee the security of lives and property of the citizens. 

On his part, the Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode Oyesosin appealed to the residents particularly the traditional rulers to give their utmost support in terms of useful information to the Amotekun Corps and other security agencies in the State. 

Also speaking, the Director General, Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN Commission, Mr. Seye Oyeleye, hailed the Administration of Governor Oyetola for keying into the sustainable policies and programmes of the Commission aimed to move the southwest and Nigeria forward. 

Akinola Adenitan


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