Nigeria: Addressing Insecurity: Governor Seyi Makinde Advocates for State Police Reform

Nigeria: Addressing Insecurity: Governor Seyi Makinde Advocates for State Police Reform

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a recent meeting with the Conference of Speakers of State Legislators, South-West Chapter, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State underscored the pressing need for the establishment of state police as a crucial step towards addressing the security challenges prevalent in various parts of the country. The governor emphasized this viewpoint during a courtesy visit by the speakers, led by the Chairman and Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeoye Aribasoye, on Tuesday in his office in Ibadan.

Governor Makinde highlighted that the Federal Government’s reluctance to approve the demand for the establishment of state police by South-West Governors a few years ago had prompted the formation of the Western Nigeria Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun. He stressed the importance of revisiting this matter to enhance the security landscape.

The governor emphasized the necessity for collaboration and cooperation between the executive and legislative arms of government to effectively deliver the dividends of democracy and foster development for the people. He urged political leaders to transcend party lines and work collectively for the common good.

Governor Makinde refuted concerns that states might be unable to sustain state police, citing Oyo State as an example where the payment of salaries and pensions has consistently been managed despite economic challenges. He insisted that the establishment of state police is a timely and viable idea, dispelling unfounded fears regarding the states’ capability to maintain such a security apparatus.

Addressing the exclusive placement of the police on the federal list, Governor Makinde proposed that if responsibilities were decentralized, states should have access to resources from the federation account to fund their police systems. He argued that states are already managing various aspects of the police force, making the case for the viability of state police.

Reflecting on previous attempts to secure approval for state police, Governor Makinde disclosed that South-West governors had approached the Federal Government during President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure but were unsuccessful. Undeterred by this setback, he expressed confidence that states could effectively manage state police if given the opportunity.

Governor Makinde concluded by affirming the South West’s commitment to pursuing the establishment of state police, urging lawmakers to play a crucial role in making this aspiration a reality. He cited the unanimous passage of a common law for the establishment of Amotekun by all state assemblies in the region as evidence of their determination.

As the nation grapples with security challenges, Governor Makinde’s call for a reevaluation of the state police issue reflects the ongoing discourse on innovative approaches to enhance security and protect citizens.

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