Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has partly fulfilled his electoral promise of reviving the Security Trust Fund (STF) as part of efforts of securing the State.

This followed the the inauguration of the reinvigorated STF committee on 24th August, 2019, a day after the proposed Ogun State Security Trust Fund (Amendment) Law, 2019 scaled second reading on the floor of the State House of Assembly.

Inauguration of Security Trust Fund (STF) committee by Governor Dapo Abiodun on 24-08-2019

Governor Abiodun had sent the bill to the Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, on 31st August, 2019, to amend the Ogun State Security Trust Fund Law, 2011.

The governor and the State House of Assembly have not publicly stated section(s) the present administration intended to amend in the law enacted in 2011.

In the Ogun State All Progressive Congress (APC) manifesto for 2019 election, in which governor Abiodun based his electoral promises, it documented its plans on security in part: “Further encourage collaboration between government and the private sector to ensure the funding and effective management of the Ogun State Security Trust Fund (STF).”

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Similarly, in the governor’s inaugural speech on May 29, 2019 during his swearing-in as the fifth executive governor of Ogun State, the issue of STF was part of the focus.

“The Security Trust Fund will be revived and the Board of Trustees will be constituted in a manner that will gain the trust of the stakeholders, particularly the donors, and thus enjoy their support.”

The governor however has not clarified whether the inaugurated STF committee which has Mr. Bolaji Balogun as its Chairman, will act as the “Board of Trustees” promised to be constituted by the governor during his inauguration.

In the CCC (Conceived, Commenced and Completed) approach of Nigeria Meter, the Governor Dapo Abiodun administration is now expected to “Complete” actualisation of the promise after idea of STF was “Conceived” and implementation “Commenced”.

Nigeria Meter recalled that the immediate past administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun originally established the STF in 2011 headed by the former Director of the State Security Service (SSS), Mr Kayode Are.

The initiative which significantly addressed issue of insecurity in the State then, was enmashed in controversy at the twilight of the Amosun administration, after report of Premium Times newspaper on alleged operation of illegal armoury by the former governor in the Government House.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Meter is also monitoring other areas of promises made by governor Abiodun to nip in the bud the issue of insecurity in the State.

These include promises contained in the APC manifestoe to “Motivate and incentivize the law enforcement agencies; Ensure all the police divisions and area commands have the
required logistics including operational vehicles and communication equipment to discharge their duties; Establish Ogun State Neighbourhood Safety Agency to complement police efforts.”

Screenshot_20190825 Gov. Abiodun Manifesto on Security

However, the governor has not come out clear whether the proposed “Safety Agency” will be a replica of Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) or replace the “SO-SAFE Corps” inaugurated by the Governor Ibikunle Amosun administration early this year after the former governor on December 27, 2017 gave his assent to a bill passed by the then State legislators.

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Governor Abiodun, during his inauguration also pledge as follows: “I am determined to live up to the oath of office that invests in me the responsibility of the Chief Security Officer of our State.”

“I wish to make it abundantly clear to all and sundry that Ogun State under my watch will be an unfavourable environment for criminal elements to practice their unwholesome trade.”

“The following are additional measures that will be taken in this regard.
• Immediate support to the security agencies to aid communication and mobility.”

The governor had also on different occasions promised to demolish houses that habour kidnappers and revoke their Certificate of Occupancy (CofO).

This promise came on the background of two incidents of kidnapping of clerics and others in the State, which occurred early August, 2019.

Nigeria Meter has documented these promises and set measuring meter to monitor their fulfilments.

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Ogun to Demolish Houses That Habour Kidnappers, Sets Up Trust Fund

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that houses where kidnappers are found would be pulled down and their certificates of occupancy revoked.

The Governor assured that with the inauguration of the reinvigorated security trust fund committee, the full architecture for internal safety of lives and property has been fully emplaced.

Speaking at the inauguration of the “reinvigorated” Ogun State Security Trust Fund on Saturday, Abiodun said he has fulfilled yet another promise to provide good governance to the people

“It is a demonstration of our government’s unreserved commitment towards ensuring that the people have a good life and pursue their legitimate business in a secured environment.”

Prince Abiodun disclosed that the amended Ogun State Security Trust Fund law is a private sector-driven programme that would support the state government in addressing various security challenges facing the state.

“The aim of these security trust fund is to have the private sector support the government in addressing various security challenges facing our dear state, these new and reinvigorated trust fund will be responsible for sourcing and efficiently deploying the resources towards achieving a safe and secured environment,” the Governor said.

“It is our sincere belief that with this Trust Fund, our security will be further strengthened to provide a more secured environment where our people will live a more prosperous life,” he said.

He noted that the new security trust fund would be responsible for sourcing and efficiently deploying the resources towards achieving a safe and secured environment, adding that it would be uncharitable to believe that the state could single handedly provide all the funds that would be needed to ensure the security of lives and property.

The Governor said that the inauguration of the security trust fund was another approach towards giving the people, individuals and corporate organizations a window of opportunity to contribute towards the overall development of the state, adding that the people should have at the back of their mind that resources given towards actualizing a sound security network would be prudently used by the team set up to manage the states security trust fund.

The committee has Mr. Bolaji Balogun as Chairman, (Rtd AIG)Olushola Subair, Kamar, Chief Financial Officer, Access Bank,Seyi Kumapayi, Group Executive, Commercial Banking, First Bank, Seyi Oyefeso, Executive Director, Wema Bank, Wole Akinleye, while Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje would serve as the Executive Secretary.

The governor tasked the committee to provide money for the acquisition and deployment of security equipments and such human material and financial resources that shall be necessary to prevent crime and preserve public security in the state, promote the efficiency of all the security agencies in the state, to hold for the benefit of all residents of the state, gift, property and money for the purpose of crime prevention and public security in the state.

Abiodun further tasked the committee to mobilize funding and resources in cash or kind from the public private, corporate, institutional or all other sources and to manage those resources in a transparent and accountable manner for the purpose of public security in the state, reserve part of the the fund for the training and retraining of security personnel in the state and to do all other things and perform all other functions for the purpose of public security as and contained in the Ogun State Security Trust Fund Law of 2011, as amended by the Ogun State Security Trust Fund amendment law of 2019.

In his response, the chairman of the Ogun State Security Trust Fund, Mr. Bolaji Balogun acknowledged the effort of the state governor, to have a secured state, describing him as a man of history, who came in as governor at the right moment.

Balogun disclosed that the Security Trust Fund Committee would work hard and not disappoint the state, adding that the activities of the states security trust fund would be transparently done.

SECURITY TRUST FUND, OGROMA AMENDMENT BILLS SCALE SECOND READING IN OGUN ASSEMBLY

Two bills including the proposed Ogun State Security Trust Fund (Amendment) Law, 2019 and State Road Management Agency (Amendment) Law, 2019 today scaled second reading on the floor of the Ogun State House of Assembly.

The bills when operational would help strengthen security operations by boosting the existing security trust fund to promote efficiency in security management, just as the amendment on OGROMA law would widen the scope of operations of the agency leading to the creation of Public Works Agency for the indigenization of professionalism in the maintenance of public infrastructure.

The above were parts of the summation of views of all members who contributed to the second reading of the two bills with long titles “HB. No 02/OG/2019- The Ogun State Security Trust Fund (Amendment) Law- A Bill for a Law to Amend the Ogun State Security Trust Fund Law, 2011” and “HB. No 03/OG/ 2019- A Bill to Amend the Ogun State Road Management Law, 2006 and the amendment thereto of 2007” at a plenary presided over by Speaker Olakunle Oluomo.

Contributing to the Security Trust Fund, the lawmakers unanimously agreed that the bill when passed by the Assembly and signed into law by the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, would help tackle security challenges with a view to having a more co-ordinated system that would create a Trust Fund which would allow corporate organisations and well meaning individuals to contribute resources for the funding security equipment and Infrastructure for effective security network.

They posited that the implementation of the bill would allow for effective security managenent system as more funding would be available for the procurement of modern security apparatus to equip all security agencies for effective service delivery, thereby creating a more conducive environment to further attract more local and foreign investment opportunities into the State.

On the State Road Management Agency (Amendment) Law, 2019, members spoke in their separate submissions shortly after Hon. Abayomi Fasuwa moved the motion for the second reading of the bill, which was seconded by Wahab Haruna, stated that the bill was meant to further equip the agency to include other public infrastructure aside from the initial road maintenance responsibility.

They added that it would promote indigenization of professionalism as more professionals in the built sector from the civil service and across the State in six hubs would be involved in maintaining public infrastructure in the State.

In his response, Speaker Oluomo directed that the bills be forwarded to Committees on Special Duties as well as Works and Infrastructure respectively for further legislative actions.

In another development, the Speaker has announced the commencement of the 2019 annual budget performance assessment visit to Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas on Monday, 26th August, 2019 to ascertain the level of their compliance to the 2019 Appropriation Law.

He enjoined all Heads of MDAs and Local Governnent Councils and LCDAs’ helmsmen to make available relevant documents and information to ensure the success of the exercise.

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NEW AMENDMENT BILLS ON SECURITY, OGROMA SCALE FIRST READING IN OGUN ASSEMBLY

Two bills including the State Security Trust Fund (Amendment) Law, 2019 and the State Road Management Agency (Amendment) Law, 2019 forwarded to the Ogun State House of Assembly in the last one week by the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun have scaled first reading on the floor of the hallowed Chamber of the Assembly.

The bills were read for the first time by the Ag. Clerk of the Assembly, Deji Adeyemo before the lawmakers at a plenary presided over by Speaker Olakunle Oluomo at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, shortly after the acknowledgement of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s correspondences dated 31st of July and 2nd of August, 2019 respectively conveying the bills to the the Assembly.

The bills are with the long titles: “HB No 002/OG/2019- The State Security Trust Fund (Amendment) Law, 2019- A Bill for A Law to Amend the Ogun State Security Trust Fund Law, 2011” and “HB No 003/OG/2019- The Ogun State Road Management Agency (Amendment) Law, 2019- A Bill to Amend the Ogun State Road Management Agency Law, 2006 and the amendment thereto of 2007”.

In another development, Speaker Oluomo has tasked security formations in the State, particularly the State Police Command to invoke relevant sections of the Law Prohibiting Forcible Entry and Occupation of Land Properties, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Cultism and Allied Matters and for other Matters Incidental the thereto or Connected Therewith to check crimes and criminalities across the State.

The Speaker,while responding to the remarks of his Deputy, Dare Kadiri under Personal Explanation, commended the State Police Command for being proactive and steadfast to security issues reiterating that the State under the leadership of Prince Dapo Abiodun would not be a haven for criminal elements.

He described the law as all-inclusive legislation which provides stringent measures to tackle forceful occupation of landed properties, armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and other unlawful activities, which if applied to the letter would check nefarious activities of criminals in the State.

Earlier in his report to the Assembly, Hon. Kadiri hinted that rivalry cultist clash in his constituency resulting in loss of lives, hence the need to appeal to security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

In another development, a member representing Sagamu II State Constituency , Adeniran Ademola laid before the Assembly two petitions bordering on the state of roads in some parts of his Constituency, while his counterpart from Ado Odo Ota II, Musefiu Lamidi submitted two others on illegal toll collection from the Free Trade Zone along Atan-Lusada road at Igbesa and the deplorable state of the Atan-Agbara Road.

In addition, the Assembly’s Minority Leader, Ganiyu Oyedeji submitted another from Agbado- Oke Aro LCDA Stakeholders reporting the closure of exit road to their communities by contractors handling the Federal Government light rail project, just as the Deputy Speaker and a member representing Ijebu North II State Constituency, Dare Kadiri submitted that of the Ifelodun Youth Association on alleged abuse of power by a member of the interim transportation Committee from his constituency.

Jamiu Folarin

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