Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor, has explained the reason he met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said he met him to brief him on the security situation in Oyo State and sought collaborations required for some of its intended security plan to work effectively. Makinde, on his twitter handle, added that he asked the president for greater synergy between the state and federal security agencies.
The governor said he also requested collaboration with the Nigeria Immigration Service for proper documentation of foreign nationals working in mines in the state.
He said Buhari promised to look into these issues. In his words: “This afternoon, I met with His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on the security situation in Oyo State and seek collaborations required for some of our intended security plans to work effectively.
“I asked for greater synergy between the state and federal security agencies. Also, I requested collaboration with the Nigeria Immigration Service for proper documentation of foreign nationals working in mines in the state.
“Mr President promised to look into these issues.”
Further details of the meeting were made known to TopNaija in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Taiwo Adisa. He quoted Mr Makinde to have said that he came to brief the president on the security situation in Oyo State.
“There has been a lot of fake news all around and I wanted to be sure that the President clearly has first-hand information from me, which I did.”
“We also exchanged ideas about what we need to do better; some of the programmes we have put in place to ensure that this security issue is tackled. So, that’s basically why I came here.
“The issue that I discussed with Mr President is the fact that Oyo State landmass is quite big. Oyo State is close to 29,000 square kilometres. And the state right now only has two Mobile Police Squadrons.”
“So, I requested for more Mobile Police Squadrons to be deployed to Oyo State and also asked for support for the joint security outfit because the underlying issue here also has to do with limited opportunities. The tension will definitely go down if a lot of our youths are gainfully employed. So, I briefed the President on what we are doing in that regard.”
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