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Welcome Address By Prince Dr (Gen) Olu Bajowa, Ofr, At The First Ikale Home Security Summit

WELCOME ADDRESS BY PRINCE DR (GEN) OLU BAJOWA, OFR, AT THE FIRST IKALE HOME SECURITY SUMMIT, ORGANISED BY IKALE SECURITY OBSERVER, AT IGBOTAKO-OSOORO, IN OKITIPUPA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, IN ONDO STATE OF NIGERIA, ON FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2021.

HRM, Oba George Babatunde Faduyile, the Abodi of Ikale Land
HRM Oba (Dr) Gbadebo Bajowa, JP, the Rebuja of Osooro Kingdom
All other Ikale Royal Fathers here present
The Chairmen of Irele and Okitipupa Local Government Areas
All Commanders of Government Security Agencies here present
All other Security Stakeholders of Ikale Land, at home and in diaspora, here present
Members of the Press
Distinguish Ladies and Gentlemen

On behalf of His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr) Gbadebo Bajowa, JP, The Rebuja of Osooro Kingdom, I greet you all the Ikale Royal Fathers here present, the Chairmen of Irele and Okitipupa Local Government Areas (LGAs), all Commanders of the Government Security Agencies here present, and all the Security Stakeholders in Ikale Land, at home and in diaspora here present, and heartily welcome you all to Osooro Kingdom, the land of prosperity.

I particularly feel greatly honoured and privileged, to host the first Ikale Home Security Summit organised by the Ikale Security Observer (ISO), at my Igbotako-Osooro residence, today Friday 17 September 2021.

I equally feel impressed that the Royal Fathers and all the Security Stakeholders in Ikale Land and in diaspora, have come together to collectively address the Issues of security in Ikale land. This is a laudable and commendable initiative, as insecurity is one of the major challenges currently facing Nigeria. Happily, this is an area which I can confidently comment, being my professional constituency. More so, that I was the Chairman of the Ikale Rehabilitation Fundraising Committee, to reconstruct and reactivate the destroyed government facilities and private properties, consequent upon the 2020 EndSars protest.

As the son of the soil and a retired General in the reserve list, I guarantee my support for the Ikale Security Observer project, which I understand deals with Centralised Security Network, its Operation, Funding and Management.

Hence, I willingly avail my residence as a venue for today’s historic and unique summit, whilst congratulating the Chairman/President of ISO, Aare Prof Salewa Olafioye and Chief Barr Abayomi Akeremale, CP Rtd, the guest speaker, for today’s occasion.

Certainly, the establishment of ISO could not have come at a better time than now, in view of the experience of the peaceful EndSars protest of 2020, which was hijacked by hoodlums and assailants. It was later discovered that lack of adequate and timely information and intelligence, led to the failure of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies to act proactively, on the EndSars incident.

Without prejudice to the guest speaker’s address, I cannot as a retired General and Jagunmolu of Ikale Land, but make few comments on the security issues, for today’s discussion.

As survival is the first law of nature, so the security of the people and property must be assured by the Government, as a basic need along with: food, shelter, healthcare, access to education and means of livelihood, through gainful employment, to address poverty. The nonexistence of these basic needs or human rights are the root causes of crime, terrorism, banditry, insurgency, and general insecurity in the country.

Needless to over emphasise the importance of security in the community, and indeed the nation at large, without which peace, development and progress would be hamstrung. Although, security of people and property, is the primary responsibility of Government, the gathering of information for processing of shared intelligence by the police and other security services, is the responsibility of all, for a successful community or neighbourhood security. It is an accepted security fact that shared information/intelligence is key to successful internal security.

Also, of important concern in security, is the issue of funding and resource control. Our security architecture requires proper and adequate funding, with a well-coordinated and organised control structure, for meaningful impact of security policy set goals and objectives to thrive.

In this regard, the security network outfit, should be fully set up and with adequately equipped Vigilantes, Hunters, and Neighbourhood Informants. Community policing requires the setting up of check points at strategic areas for population movement control, and neighbourhood patrolling, to assist the police and other security agencies, which should equally have adequate communication and transportation, to rapidly move intervention forces to deal with incidents at flash points.

In conclusion, I fervently hope that the outcome of today’s brainstorming exercise of the ISO project for Irele and Okitipupa LGAs, will provide veritable, positive, and realistic solutions, for the centralised Ikale Security Network, its operations, funding, management and by extension, produce a Blueprint which could be available to other Local Governments Areas, in addressing criminal acts such as armed-robbery, kidnapping, banditry, insurgency, and terrorism, which are the major challenges facing Nigeria, today.

Once again, I welcome you all, whilst wishing you successful deliberations and safe journey back to your respective destinations.

Thank you and God bless.

Prince Dr (Gen) Olu Bajowa, OFR
(Jagunmolu of Ikale Land)
&
(Ojagbulegun from The Source

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