…Commissions new OSOPADEC office complex, patrol vehicles
By Adekola Afolabi
The Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has again explained to the Federal Government the need to allow Amotekun Corps and other state security outfits bear sophisticated arms, to enable them effectively protect the people.
The Governor also clarified his position on the Oil Pipeline Surveillance contract awarded to private individuals and organisations, noting that his position was to allow Amotekun bear heavy arms like the non-state actors who were engaged to protect the oil pipelines.
Governor Akeredolu spoke on Wednesday while commissioning the newly reconstructed office complex by the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC).
The Commission also presented two patrol vehicles and three motorcycles to Ilaje and Ese-Odo local government chairmen to strengthen security architecture in the OSOPADEC mandate areas.
At the event, Akeredolu equally reeled out some of the landmark projects already awarded and ongoing by OSOPADEC under his administration.
The projects include, the 28.5 Km Aboto-Atijere Road awarded for N8.804billion naira; rehabilitation and asphalt overlay from Akintubuwa Junction to Alape awarded for N5.49 billion; 1 Km Igbotu Road construction awarded for N221.1m; Mini Water Supply Scheme and Water Treatment Plant awarded at N82,78m; Ugbonla-Erunna awarded for 4.7 billion naira and Araromi-Lekki Road awarded in two lots at N33 billion naira.
The Governor who decried the precarious security situation in the country, vowed to continue to take the bull by the horns to protect the people of the state.
Governor Akeredolu, who disclosed that some arrests have been made in connection with the abduction of some burial guests in Ifon over the weekend, said the victims who have been released are scared to come and identify their abductors.
The Governor appreciated all security agencies in the state including Amotekun for the great work they did in securing the victims’ release.
Earlier, OSOPADEC chairman, Sam Erejuwa, appreciated Governor Akeredolu for making funds available for the renovation of the office complex and the purchase of patrol vehicles as well as motorcycles.
Erejuwa added that within seven months of his leadership, over 30 housing units have been completed while another 30 are also ongoing, promising to continue to support the Governor as he is determined to develop and transform the OSOPADEC mandate areas.