By Adekola Afolabi
The Chairman, South-West Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, CON, has been conferred with a prestigious Security Award of Excellence and Good Governance.
The award was conferred on the governor on Friday by a foremost pro-democracy and human rights organization, Campaign for Democracy (CD), at an event held at the Governor’s Office, Akure.
Speaking after presenting the prestigious award to the Governor, the CD National President, Comrade Bako Usman, specially lauded the pursuit of Governor Akeredolu to guarantee the safety and protection of human persons, particularly in the Southern Nigeria, adding that Akeredolu who is also the Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum has dared all odds and has excelled beyond their imagination.
Usman was represented by the Acting Deputy President, Comrade Adeniran Abduwaheed.
The National President commended Governor Akeredolu for his courage and patriotic views on national and state issues as regards insecurity without any fear or favour even when he is of the same political family with the Federal Government, saying this is the highest level of patriotism and uprightness.
Receiving the award, Governor Akeredolu appreciated the CD National President and his team for the honour done him, even as he commended the organisation for being part of groups that fought for the restoration of democracy in Nigeria.
Akeredolu who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, re-emphasised that security of lives and property of the citizenry remains paramount to his administration, just as he solicited the support of relevant stakeholders to combat crimes including kidnapping, terrorism, robbery, ritual killing, assassination and all forms of criminalities in the society.
He particularly applauded the efforts of Amotekun Corps and other conventional security agencies in steming the tide of insecurity in the state, promising to continue to give necessary support to security agencies in the state to effectively fight crimes and ensure crime free environment.
The Governor noted that the establishment of the Western Nigeria Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun Corps in January 2020, kick started the ‘Zero Tolerance’ to crimes in South West region, disclosing that the fourth batch of Amotekun personnel was recently deployed across the 18 local government areas of Ondo state to further protect the lives and property of the people and reduce crime rate in the state.