By Sunday Oguntuyi, Osogbo
Senator Ademola Adeleke, Osun State governor, has called for the establishment of a trans – regional security taskforce to curtail growing cross border criminality.
This is as the General Officer Commanding 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Valentine Okoro lauded the governor for creating a safe and secure environment for residents to live and conduct lawful businesses.
The GOC 2 Division of the Nigerian Army gave the commendation during the courtesy call on the Governor in the Office.
The GOC led members of his team among whom were the Commanders of Engineering Construction Command Ede, to pay a working visit to the Governor.
The GOC said he was in Osun as part of efforts to familiarize himself with the operational procedures in states under his Command.
According to him, he found out that Osun State is one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria and therefore commended the Governor for his huge investment in securing lives and property of the people.
Major General Okoro described Osun State as lucky with the presence of the Engineering Construction Command, Ede, which is full of all sorts of Army Engineers, specialists and combatants that contribute to the security architecture of the State.
He appreciated the government and people of Osun for creating a stable and secure environment.
He, therefore, called for more collaboration between the security agencies and the people not just to secure but to sustain the stable environment but to improve on it by volunteering relevant and genuine information to the Nigerian Army which he described as people-centric.
Welcoming the GOC, Senator Adeleke said the visit was very significant and a great opportunity to strengthen the security strategy on the sustenance of the current peace and stability not just in Osun but in the region.
Governor Adeleke therefore called for the establishment of a regional task force to track and curb cross border criminality in the south west and other areas under his Command.
While calling for a symbiotic working relationship between the state government and the GOC, Senator Adeleke assured the military team that Osun is the home of hospitality where no one is discriminated against based on tribe, ethnicity or religion
Senator Adeleke lauded the commander of Engendering Construction Regiment, Ede Army Barrack, Brig. Gen. K F Sulaimon for a wonderful job in securing the state saying that the knowledge of the military barrack in Ede is enough deterrent to criminals who might be scouting for a place to perpetuate their criminal activities .