A new batch of 500 Amotekuns from Ondo State has been inaugurated as Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu stresses that crime is an intricate local issue that needs a “large dose of homegrown content” to be addressed.
According to the Governor, the Amotekun Security Corps initiative is a product of necessity, developed to deal with the plethora of security challenges that have pushed the people to the edge.
At the passing-out ceremony for newly recruited Amotekun Corps officers held at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Arcade, Igbatoro Road, Akure, the state capital, Governor Akeredolu spoke.
This event was part of the activities marking the first 100 days of Akeredolu’s second term.
A total of 20 new patrol vehicles were also commissioned by the governor to increase security within the state.
He unveiled the Roadmap to Internal and Border Security in Ondo State, assuring that, “the state shall become the safest and most secured in the country if the strategies contained in the roadmap are religiously implemented.”
He said Amotekun’s impact had been remarkable, adding that the security outfit had also given the people of the state hope in the management of security, despite that it came into being just a little over a year ago.
“It has further reinforced our long time view that State and community-based policing is the panacea to the country’s security challenges.
“Let me reassure the good people of Ondo State that our administration will leave no stone unturned as far as the implementation of our ‘Redeemed Agenda’ is concerned.
“The sixth goal of the agenda which is ‘Maintenance of Law and Order for Adequate Security’ is the reason we are here today.
“I enjoin all the good people of Ondo State to lend your cooperation in terms of providing credible intelligence and financial support towards the success of this initiative.
“Today’s event is one of the milestones recorded by our administration in our attempt to redeem Ondo State from the shackles of poverty, disease, and underdevelopment.
“These cannot be achieved without a sense of safety and peace,” Akeredolu said.
He commended the leadership of the security agency for the brilliant work put into the roadmap, promising that he would always provide the right leadership for the agency to flourish.