By Desmond Ogudu
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Friday, declared that traditional rulers will soon begin to play strategic roles in solving the security challenges confronting the South West region.
The Governor said the emerging security model being initiated by Governors of South West States, Nigeria will ensure that royal fathers, local hunters and youths are given strategic roles to play to secure the geo-political zone effectively.
Arakunrin Akeredolu, who spoke at the official presentation of the instrument of office to the new Amapetu of Mahin Kingdom, Oba Segun Akinyomi, said that the security of lives and property has become multi-dimensional to be left for government without citizens’ collaboration and cooperation.
He said that genuine information to burst potential security threats must be made available on time to ward off all forms of criminalities.
The Governor also enjoined the new Amapetu to make deliberate efforts to reconcile with groups and individuals not pleased with his enthronement.
Arakunrin Akeredolu harped on the veritable place of traditional institution to accelerate development across the State.
The Governor used the occasion to showcase some of the landmark achievements of his administration, which he described as the share of the developmental strides of his government.
The Governor listed some of the projects, both completed and ongoing to include: Construction of Okitipupa – Igbokoda Bypass 15km; Construction of Igbokoda-Ayetoro Phase 3 Road; Rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of Igbokoda-Ugbonla Road, Route 1 include bridge repair.
Others are: Clearing, opening and filling of Igbokoda-Ayetoro Oropo spur and Oke-Ipare-Olopo spur, 4.6km; design completed and contractor mobilized to site. Construction of Aboto-Atijere 6.5km Road and clearing of waterways is being promptly carried out.