By Tola Gbadamosi
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC), Ondo State Command, has inaugurated its marine base and a speed boat in the riverine area of Iju-Osun Community of Irele Local Government Area of the State.
Dr Hammed Abodunrin, NSCDC State Commandant, who inaugurated the marine base on Friday, said the base was part of the directives of the NSCDC Commander General to provide security for everybody in the State, including those living in rural areas.
Abodunrin explained that the marine base which is first of its kind, is for NSCDC in the state and saying Iju-Osun was chosen because of criminal activities that led to the closure of the only market in the community.
“Now, we have a base here with a patrol boat, particularly to intensify our efforts in managing disaster.
“Kabiyesi had earlier told us that there was market in the community before but due to insecurity, nobody was coming to the market for trading activities.
“Now, with our presence here, the market will resuscitate and people will come back and while will also boost the economy of the community,” he assured.
The commandant, who commended the people of the community for their cooperation, in providing building materials, land and allowing their water front as NSCDC base, promised to continue working with other security agencies to tackle the issue of insecurity in the area and state at large.
“As we are here now, criminals should know that they have to shift base or turn over a new leaf, because no criminal will be tolerated any longer here.
“So, the people should continue cooperating with us,” he warned.
Oba Samuel Oyegbemi, attributed the insecurity in the area to unemployment, academic challenge among others and appealed to all the three ties of government to help them out from the menace in due time.
“A community filled with several illiterates and ignorant youths is breeding a space where social vices and fraudulent activities will be dominant,” he said.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner for environment, Mr. Sunday Akinwalere, who flagged off the environmental activities of Day 2 said “The environment is our life and to sustain it, we have to put all hands on deck to make sure it is not misused.