By Mosope Kehinde

Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin has led the House Committee on Security and Strategy on a working visit to the headquarters of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

The visit according to the Speaker is to synergize and partner to foster holistic approach to security, governance and legislation in the state.

The delegation was received by the state Commandant of the NSCDC, Augustine Padonu and the state NIS Deputy Comptroller, Olusola Odesola.

Speaking at the Headquarters of NSCDC, Adebo Ogundoyin acknowledged the efforts of the Corps towards securing the public and government infrastructure and protecting the people.

He noted that NSCDC was the first point of contact of the people as far as security situation is concerned, saying that this calls for the House to encourage the agency in the course of its duties.

Mr Ogundoyin maintained that the lawmakers, as the representatives of the people have the mandate to protect the people and their properties in the state through improved security architecture.

He said that there is a wide gap in the security architecture in the country, and this can be closed through collaborating efforts with other security agencies.

Also at the Immigration Headquarters, the Speaker commended the NIS in the aspect of passport application, processing and collection.

He also praised the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo for the new innovation he has brought to the ministry.

Mr Ogundoyin praised the Immigration for its collaborative effort with other security agencies in line with the state Governor’s initiative.

Responding, the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), Augustine Padonu, stated that the main challenges facing the Corps were lack of vehicles for movement, and lack of neccessary facilities to work with.

He gave assurance that the Command would not relent in protecting lives, property, public infrastructure, as well as ensuring good working relationship with other security outfits in the state.

The Deputy Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Olusola Odesola said that the Nigerian borders were complicated in terms of management.

He noted that though their men and officers were confronted with challenges in the course of their duties, such should not be excuses to discharge their duties accordingly.

Earlier, Chairman of the Committee, Mr Dawud Olalere, had explained that the purpose of the visit was to familiarize with the NSCDC and Immigration for improved security system in the state.

The delegation include Mr Sanjo Adedoyin, Mr Lukman Ishola, Mr Ibrahim Shittu, Mr Oluwafemi Fowokanmi and Mr Rasaq Mabaje.

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