‘Amotekun’ joint security outfit initiated by the six governors of the Southwest to commence work January 9, 2020.
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi disclosed this in his New Year message to the people of the state.
He said the outfit would complement efforts of the regular security agencies.
”On January 9, 2020, the Western Nigeria Security Network known as ‘Amotekun’ shall commence operations in all the six states in our zone”, he noted.
He opined that Ekiti, being an active state in the initiative, ‘Amotekun’ will go a long way in securing the people and protecting the state.
Fayemi said since the state is not an Island, it cannot but work with neigbouring states to strengthen security architecture.
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He said, ”The fact remains, however, that criminality cannot be totally eradicated even as we are working meticulously at reducing it to the barest minimum in Ekiti State, and the evidence is there for all to see and acknowledge that we are making steady progress.
“I have personally kept a close watch on the security situation within and around Ekiti State, and I can assure you that as a government, we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure safety of lives and property in our dear State.”
Stating that Ekiti remains one of the safest places to live, work and conduct business in Nigeria, Fayemi urged community leaders and groups not to allow themselves to be used to cause unnecessary tension that could trigger crisis in the state.
“Henceforth, I urge our community leaders or groups not to allow themselves to be used to spread fake or unsubstantiated news with a view to setting the residents against themselves or destabilising the peace of the state.
” We must encourage our people to report any strange signal or incident, but we must resist the temptation to resort to self-help at any time,” he added.
On 2020 budget, the governor said it bears eloquent testimonies to his deliberate and honest quest at providing good road network and improving the enabling environment for business concerns.
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Fayemi added that residents of the state would continually enjoy affordable education at all levels, good and motorable roads, improved agriculture, social security benefit and development at the grassroots.