By Adekola Afolabi
Ondo state workers under the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) yesterday donated 30 new motorcycles to the State Amotekun Corps to boost crime operations in the state.
While presenting the motorcycles to Amotekun Corps Commander, Adetunji Adeleye at the Governor’s Office, Akure, Chairman JNC, Comrade Oluwaniyi Fabunmi, explained that the initiative was to support the state government’s effort at making the state crime free.
He added that the gesture was aimed at further assisting the corps in their operations and performance.
The event was witnessed by the Ondo state Head of Service, John Adeyemo, labour union leaders and top government officials in the state.
Speaking at the event, the state chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC), Comrade Sunday Adeleye, while commending Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for the creation of the security outfit, explained that since the establishment of Amotekun Corps, the spate of insecurity in the state has drastically reduced.
“Since the creation of Amotekun, we have watched with keen interest that government is not using it for any political coloration, and we have not seen, with due respect, any opposition party who has condemned Amotekun.
“Amotekun was not created for any particular set of people, but all citizens of Ondo State. Since we have seen this, we now felt that what can we do to assist, by way of corporate service responsibility, and this is what we have been able to contribute among ourselves to assist.
“This is a pointer to all the multinationals, the NGOs, the big poeple in the state to come and join this lofty idea”, the NLC chairman added.
Commissioning the motorcycles, Governor Akeredolu, appreciated the state workers for the rare gesture, calling on other notable organizations and individuals to do same.
Akeredolu who was represented by his Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Dare Aragbaiye called on the people of the state to always supply timely information to the Corps to make Ondo state a more secured environment.
He further re-emphasized his administration’s commitment at ensuring the safety of lives and properties of the people of the state at all time.
“It is unprecedented. It is not only appreciated by the governor and the state government, I’m sure it will be appreciated by all well-meaning people of Ondo state”, the Governor said.
The state commander of Amotekun Corps, Adetunji Adeleye who appreciated the workers through their leaders for the uncommon gesture, said the donation would greatly assist them to do more in protecting the lives and properties of the people of the state.
Adeleye noted that the motorcycles will be used judiciously and distributed across the 18 local government areas of the state.
He also announced a 24-hour patrol during the Easter celebration, adding that about 600 of his men have been deployed across the state to secure the state ahead of the Easter celebration.