By Rasheedah Makinde 

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun to deploy more Police personnel to the state for effective policing.

 Governor Makinde made the appeal while hosting the National President of Police Wives’ Association, POWA and wife of Inspector General of Police, Mrs Elizabeth Egbetokun and her team at the government House. 

 The governor, who spoke through the Deputy Governor, Mr Bayo Lawal, said the state faced a major challenge of inadequate police manpower as a result of its huge land mass. 

 He lamented that the state which usually did not have the problem of banditry and kidnapping, was gradually witnessing it as a result of illegal mining activities. 

 “As the usual saying, whatever you want to receive from a husband cleverly go through the wife”

 “So we want to go through you as the wife of the IGP and the president of POWA, help us impress it on IGP that we need more hands to be able to cover the state for adequate security,”

 The governor commended the Police Command in the state for protection of lives and property and ensuring peaceful atmosphere in the state.

 He pledged the continued support of the state government to all security agencies at ensuring that security architecture was solid. 

 While responding on the purpose of the visit of POWA President which was on agriculture, Governor Makinde said the state was ready to support and collaborate with the association.

 “If the state and the country in general was able to feed herself poverty and criminality would be significantly reduced to the barest minimum.”

 Earlier, the POWA President, Mrs Elizabeth Egbetokun said the purpose of her working visit to the state was to enhance food, nutrition and a secured Nigeria through UNESCO initiative on Young Women in Agriculture, YWA. 

 Mrs Egbetokun said the association was committed to empowering women and wives of men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force as well as fostering innovation. 

 “We aim to collaborate with the state to nominate women for agriculture programmes in the United States at no cost to the state government”

 “Together we can build a future where our community thrive for sustainable agriculture and food security” the POWA President.

Mrs Egbetokun and her team later visited the Olubadan of Ibadanland designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin.

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