Mr Godwin Obaseki, the Edo State Governor, has reportedly stated that government who can’t guarantee the security of the people, is a failed government.
He also added that his government is collaborating with security agencies in the state to boost the capacity of their personnel as part of efforts to ensure security of lives and property.
According to reports, Obaseki made this submission during a courtesy visit by leaders of Esan Solidarity Association Network, led by their Chairman, Mr. Anthony Okpere, at the Government House, Benin City.
The Governor stated that, “As you are aware, the purpose of any government is to secure the lives and property of its citizens. A government that cannot do this is as good as no government.”
He opined that, “For me, security is the number one issue in governance. Security must come as number one because without security, everything has failed. What you have done as an association in Esan land is quite exemplary.”
He maintained that, “First, we encourage people to set up vigilante groups. Not even that we encourage them, we recognise these groups. We now need to put in some controls in what they are doing and raise money to support their activities.’
H remarked that, “What we have done as a state is to go into alliance with the police. We have taken quite a lot of money to refurbish and upgrade the police training facilities in Ogida barracks. That exercise is now complete. We have improved the halls, training rooms, accommodations and the clinic.”
He noted that, “What we have done is to now go around and screen ex-service personnel in every local government. We now have five names from each local government. We will screen them and now come out with two names.”
He continued that, “These two persons will coordinate our vigilante groups in the local government areas. They will now be responsible for preparing them for training, profiling them, documenting the kinds of arms they have, and undertaking other security activities.”