South-West Governors Unite in the Call for State Police Forces

The governors of South-West Nigeria have come together to advocate for the creation of state police forces, a step they believe will further secure the already peaceful region. This consensus was reached during a pivotal meeting in Lagos, where they discussed various issues including regional security, economic integration, and agricultural development.

The forum, chaired by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, paid homage to the late Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, who previously led the group. The governors collectively recognized the need for a localized approach to law enforcement to enhance the security framework within the region.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, in his capacity as the new chairman, expressed the forum’s position on the matter: “The establishment of state police is a critical step towards safeguarding our communities and fostering a secure environment for economic growth,” he declared.

The governors also lauded the efforts of the Amotekun Corps and other security agencies for their role in maintaining peace in the South-West. They emphasized the importance of collaboration between these bodies to ensure continued tranquility and safety.

In addition to security, the governors addressed the need for a united front in agricultural development. They directed their respective Commissioners for Agriculture to devise a joint strategy that leverages each state’s unique strengths to boost food production.

The meeting concluded with an 11-point resolution, which included a commendation for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for initiating significant infrastructure projects like the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road. The governors also urged the federal government to prioritize the rehabilitation of other federal infrastructures in the region.

The South-West Governors’ Forum’s call for state police is a reflection of their proactive governance and their commitment to the safety and well-being of their constituents.

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