GISTMEBLOG247 — The People’s Voice Advocacy Network, a civil society organisation established to promote good governance and social justice, has raised alarm on the growing rate of insecurity in the state amidst other vices and call on Kwara State Government to rise up to her primary responsibilities by protecting the lives and properties as stated in section 14(2b) of 1999 Constitution amended.
In the press statement made available to media houses by the group’s Assistant Publicity Secretaryship, Comrade Abdulraheem Olaitan, chides the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq for his *’I don’t care’* attitude towards the issue of insecurity in the state.
“It is quite saddening to wake up and discovered that a state long known for harmony and peace is gradually metamorphosing into an unsafe haven on account of failure in governance.
“And to add punch to the yet-to-heal-injuries, the state government is reportedly allotting 8000 hectares of unsecured farmland to innocent youths for farming claiming it will bring about food security. What about security of lives? What is the level of preparedness of the security apparatus available to underpin this Agribusiness initiative? This shows that the Chief Security Officer of the state is rhetorically displaying his know-nothing, see-nothing, hear-nothing and ask-nothing attitude at the detriment of habitants under his watch.
I”In spite of the rising insecurity in the state, the state government still felt unperturbed. Our independent research findings reveal that farmers, especially those from the Kwara South part, preferred to stay on their farmland than accepting the state government’s farmland because of the insecurity challenge facing their various communities. We have a case of a young farmer who cultivated 10 hectares of cassava farmland in Asa LGA last year but cannot go for harvest due to the insecurity in some parts of the community. Many similar cases were also reported”, Olaitan submits.
“Kwara is becoming the hide out for Kidnappers, assassins and evil doers. The report of the sad incidents which claimed the life of a young farmer in Oke Onigbin, Isin LGA; the murder of one Mr Abdulfatai Mogaji, a contender for the Magaji Zeni’s stool who was murdered in a broad day right in front of his office along Eiyenkorin-Ballah Road in Asa LGA; and that of a monarch who was kidnapped at a gunpoint in Ekiti LGA are not only staining the good image of the state but have subjected the lives of people to fear while chasing away prospective investors.
“God forbid, if preventive actions are not taken on time, one thing could lead to another. This brings us to some questions: What has the state government done for OPERATION HARMONY arm of the Nigerian Police Force in terms of logistics and operational support since the inception of this administration? Has this present administration under the leadership of Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq engaged the POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE to examine the current trend of insecurity in Kwara State? The state government should stop playing into the gallery with her unpopular policies and focus on issues that have direct positive impacts on the lives governed.
“Another area where the present administration has constitutionally failed the people is the aspect of LG Autonomy in the state. The gradual extermination of the local government administration in the state have prevented these councils from the traditional monthly support for various divisional police formations. The insecurity in the state will persist in as much as an aide to this current Executive Governor is promoting violence without being cautioned by his principal. This is purely a case of exhibition of political impunity and that must be halted”, Comrade Olaitan stressed further.
The group, through her Assistant Publicity Secretary, condemned the present administration for abandoning the LIGHT UP KWARA project of the past administration for unknown reasons.
“A serious government will not play bitter politics with lives and properties as evils strive where there is no light. Most of the street lights commissioned by Maigida’s administration under the LIGHT UP KWARA project are being left to waste away without any maintenance by this current administration in the spate of the insecurity at night within Ilorin metropolis.
Kabir Olanrewaju Ishowo is a Kwara-Born, a community developer, An Online Media Practioner and the CEO/Publisher of Gistmeblog247.