By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo
Osun State has stated that the commendation accorded to it by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase is the direct result of the several initiatives of the Rauf Aregbesola led administration since inception in 2010.
The state government it did not just secure the status through procurement of security hardwares, it achieved the feat through a dint of well-thought out welfare packages that are disincentive to criminal activities.
Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the office of the Governor, said the declaration as the most secured and peaceful in the country as one that has justified the huge investment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola led administration on security.
The Bureauâ€™s statement signed by its Director, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said the commendation has shown thatâ€Ž the commitment of the governor to security of lives of it citizens has not gone without notice.
Arase commended the state government and the indigenes for making it the safest in the country atâ€Ž an interactive forum of the Association of Veteran Journalists in Osun State where the IGP was also given an Award of Excellence.
The IGP who was represented by the Commissioner of Police, Osun Command, Mr. Femi Oyeleye, said the achievement was not without the cooperation of the patriotic citizens and varying vigilante groups that have had excellent relationships with the police.â€Ž
The Bureau said â€Žapart from the huge investments in security, the government of Aregbesola had prevented crime through its numerous programmes such as youths employments, infrastructure, social welfare schemes and others.
According to the Bureau, “Apart from the regular police manning the state, government had at inception, set up a dedicated crime response team code-named Swift Action Squad (SAS), which is visible in strategic areas in the state as well as identified troubled spots.â€
The statement said rather than concentrate on the provision of security hardwares as the only way to solve crime, the government, through its various intervention programmes, had made crimes unattractive.
â€œA huge army of unemployed youths could be a veritable recruitment ground for criminal activities. Our intervention in the area of youths employment was targeted at ensuring that this army of unemployed youths was depleted. With 40,000 direct employment of youths through this strategy, we succeeded in preventing what could have been the insecurity implications of such huge population of jobless people,â€ the statement added.
The Bureau added that apart from youths employment, the state governmentâ€™s massive infrastructure programme such as new roads, schools construction, introduction of modern agricultural extension and practices, and other infrastructure projects, several thousands of indirect jobs have been created to reduce the problem of unemployment.
The Bureau added that the government is very conscious of problems that insecurity poses to direct investment both local and foreign, adding that no investor would risk investing in an atmosphere of violence and insecurity.
â€ŽIt added that the fact that Osun is impregnable to criminals could easily be attributed to the foresight of Governor Aregbesola in considering security most paramount in his heavyâ€Ž investments in security equipment.
It added that criminals who had tested the will of the state in recent times have found out that the state is not a haven for crime.
The Bureau listed incidents such as the Ikirun bank robbery, the kidnap of prominent business woman and Iyaloja (Head of Market Women) of Kajola-Ijesa market in Atakumosa East Loca Council, Mrs. Adunni Adegbokun, and her rescue as instances that buttress the IGPâ€™s commendation.
It assured residents that the government would continue to make the state safe for residents, tourists and investors adding that this is the only way through which the state could develop.