Ogun Government calls for increased land border security

Sekinat Salam-Opebiyi and David Adekunle

The Ogun State government has urged the Federal government to ensure that more budget resources are allocated for land borders across the country.

Governor of the state, Ibikunle Amosun made the call while receiving the Minister of Interior (Rtd) Lt General Abdulrahman Dambazau on a call at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan in  Abeokuta.

Amosun said he appreciated the visit of the Minister and his entourage especially as it borders on security of lives and property across the state.

He explained that the State has improved on home land security with huge investment in the provision of security gadgets among others for affecting policing of the state. He emphasised that adequate provision of security across the country is the prerogative right of the Nigerian Government, pointing out that “security is collective job of all as there are no federal citizens but indigenes of states made up the Federation”.

Border Crimes

He assured the Minister of continuous support of the state especially in tackling border crimes among other immigration upheavals. He stated that the present administration had started the construction of 107 kilometers of road across the border towns to beef up security and promote socio-economic development of the area.

While soliciting for the support of the Ministry of Interior on the need to relocate the age-long Ibara Prison to a better location, he appealed to the Ministry to consider its request for better synergy.

Social Security

Minister of Interior, lieutenant General Dambazau said the visit was mainly to ensure synergy and create room for effective social security in the State, explaining that security is the bedrock of national safety and the State could not be left behind.

He assured the Governor of collective involvement of all the five Agencies under the Ministry to work in tandem with the state for a better security.

Emir of Borgu’s visit    

Meanwhile, the Governor also played host to the Emir of Borgu kingdom, in Niger state, Alhaji Muhammed Dantoro, Mai- Borgu and his Royal entourage at his office.

The Emir said he came to appreciate Governor Amosun for standing by the family especially supporting them during the demise of his father.

The Emir also congratulated the Governor on the successful celebration of the 40th anniversary of the creation of the state. He described Governor Amosun as a great builder.