The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kwara State Council has disclosed her readiness to partner with the government to strengthen security in the State.
The Chairman of the Council, Comrade Umar Abdulwahab made the comment at the Kwara State Government One-Day Multi-Stakeholder Security Dialogue, held at Kwara Hotel Banquet Hall, Ilorin.
The theme of the dialogue is ‘Towards Strengthening the Security Architecture in Kwara State: Exploring Community Initiatives’.
The Chairman, who was represented by his vice, Mallam Mustafa Abubakar assured the governor, His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of the council’s media coverage and reportage of the initiative at all times.
Comrade Umar, who commended the governor for being proactive in approach to tackle security challenges in the state, said that the NUJ as a body also welcome and support the initiative as it will go a long way in reducing and helping the state in her drive of strengthening the security architecture.
“This initiative, we believe will go a long way in securing the lives and properties of all the people and residents of the state”.
The Chairman, who also pleaded that the initiatives should be done within the ambit of the law, urged the governor to resuscitate “neighbourhood watch” in every community as it was the practice in the years back.
According to him, the government should engage more with the youths in the drive to sustain the initiative.
Governor AbdulRazaq had said that his administration will continue to give the necessary logistic support to the security agencies.
He said further that securing the society requires inclusion and empowerment of all the segments of our society. It involves guaranteeing social justice for everyone. It involves ensuring that no child is left behind in every developmental agenda. And it involves making sure that the justice system is not unduly slow or deliberately tilted against anyone.
While commending the security agencies and traditional rulers for their efforts in keeping the peace in Kwara state, Governor AbdulRazaq said that his administration will introduce social investment programmes to ensure that no one is left behind and guarantee peace and harmony.
The dialogue drew participants from across all sectors of the state, with the heads of the three tiers of the government, leading traditional rulers, labor chiefs, community development associations, civil society groups and youths leaders in attendance.