By Tola Gbadamosi
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has charged members of Retired Army, Navy and Air Force Officers Association of Nigeria, RANAO to see security as a collective business.
He made the disclosure at the just concluded 2023 edition of the Ondo State chapter of the (RANAO) in Akure, the State capital.
The three day programme brought who-is-who within the retired military circles together amidst pomp and pageantry.
The Governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security Matters, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye “We want you to see security as our collective business.
He added that they remain a very integral and important part of the Akeredolu-led administration especially in terms of information monitoring and dissemination.
According to Adeleye “Mr Governor identifies with you, because you have lived your lives for the sustenance of peace in Nigeria, and as such, you deserve to be celebrated.
“This is because your supports have inputs in sustaining the security situation and the peaceful environment we enjoy in Ondo state.
“This does not indicate that there are no pockets of crime here and there, but we cannot take it away from you.
“Hence we rely on your genuine and timely information to the necessary organ of government to act immediately upon to prevent bad situations.
“This is one of the reasons why the government, despite the very tight financial resources will continue to support RANAO.
“I want to assure you that your noble efforts will not be taking for granted. We will continue to rely on you for reliable information that would enable us to quickly spot the bad eggs in the society and nip their activities in the bud.
The Senior Special Adviser to Ondo State Governor, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, expressed his gratitude to the Retired Military Officers for their collaboration with the state government and for their constant security advice.
In his welcome address, the State Chairman of RANAO, Col Fidelis Ajibade Omowa (rtd ) congratulated the retired officers for being alive to witness the 2023 RANAO DAY, while thanking Almighty God for the gift of life.
He noted that RANAO was established by three retired military officers as a non-governmental organisation, made up of retired senior officers coming together to develop themselves and contribute to national development.
Omowa said the association is aimed at catering for the welfare of its members and provide avenue for common front for retired officers in Ondo State, as well as ensure that they continue to offer useful advice that will move both the state and country forward.
He prayed for quick recovery of the ailing governor of the state, saying Akeredolu’s boldness and selfless service in securing the state is commendable which culminated to the peace and tranquility being enjoyed in the state today.