The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has reiterated that the security system of the country must not be in total control of the federal government, saying that the security architecture must be decentralised.
The governor also emphasised the need for state police, adding that the stand of his administration was that a police command in Abuja could not serve the 36 states of the federation of over 200 million people.
Akeredolu stated this in his office while receiving participants of the Senior Course 45 programme of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, who were on study tour of the state.
He said, “In spite of our meager resources, our administration has recorded remarkable successes in securing the lives and property of the people of the state as well as in the area of employment generation.
“The state-owned security agency, the Amotekun Corps, has also been doing wonderfully well.
“The success of Amotekun Corps in Ondo State in particular and South-West of Nigeria in general underscores the fact that the security architecture of the country must be decentralised for effective security of lives and properties in Nigeria.”
The governor noted that the challenges of insecurity and unemployment were hydra-headed, not only in the country but in the world at large, noting that the prevailing unemployment in the country had made some youths to seek greener pastures abroad.
Earlier, the Faculty Team Leader of the visitors, Commodore Promise Dappa, explained that the purpose and objective of the study tour to the state was for the participants to visit selected states every year to study the prevalent socio-cultural, socio-economic, and security challenges in those states.