By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has called for the establishment of a trans – regional security taskforce to curb the growing cross border criminality.
Adeleke made the call when the General Officer Commanding 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Valentine Okoro paid a courtesy call to him in his office.
The governor stated that the establishment of a regional security task force will curb cross border criminality in the south west and other areas under the 2 Division Command.
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.
While calling for a symbiotic working relationship between the state government and the GOC, he assured the military team that Osun is the home of hospitality where no one is discriminated against based on tribe, ethnicity or religion
The governor also 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 .
Earlier, the GOC lauded the governor for creating a safe and secure environment for residents to live and conduct lawful businesses.
He said he was in Osun as part of efforts to familiarize himself with the operational procedures in states under his Command.
According to Okoro, he found 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.
He 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.
Okoro 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.
The GOC was accompanied by the Commanders of Engineering Construction Command, Ede, among others during the visit.