Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde says state policing is needed to tackle Nigeria’s development challenges.
The governor who spoke at the International Conference Centre at the University of Ibadan on Tuesday indicated that the adoption of fiscal federalism will be an ideal decision for the country.
He noted that the success recorded so far by the western security network codenamed Amotekun is due to the recruitment system which ensures that the operatives are selected from their local terrains.
Seyi Makinde while delivering his keynote speech said “We need to fully appreciate that state policing is a sure cure to our national development challenges. Anyone who has been involved in security at any level will tell you that policing is local.
“One of the reasons why the Western Nigeria Security Network, code-named Amotekun, is recording success is because members of the corps are drawn from the locality. They know the terrain and so can gather needed intelligence. Also, they can be held accountable by the local people.
“When the state governors become the actual Chief Security Officers in charge of the security personnel in their state, they can quickly respond to security challenges.
He noted that operatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, would preferably need to carry AK-47 rifles to boost security operations.
Seyi also said federalism is the true future of democracy, noting that Nigeria must devolve powers to the federating units, especially as it relates to controlling natural resources and security architecture.
“Yes, we will continue to do our best. We were able to get Amotekun off the ground and it is in operation now. But there are several limitations to what Amotekun can do right now, and the types of firearms they can carry. If we are given the authority and license, I will also buy AK-47 rifles for Amotekun.
“So, these are just two areas where true federalism will bring greater economic benefits and development to Nigerian states.”