L-R: Otunba Wemimo, Guest speaker AIG Femi Adenaike (rtd.), Traditional Head Imope, Chief Tajudeen Omotayo, former SA on security to Otunba Gbenga Daniels, Mr. Lamidi Odulawa
The maiden edition of the Ijebu Congress security summit held on August 2nd, 2019 at the millennium hall Itoro Ijebu Ode. The summit had its theme as: “Prompting Adequate Security of Ijebu Land through Discuss.” The summit attracted eminent personalities within and around Ijebu land.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion include; AIG Babafemi Osoba, (rtd) Adenaike (rtd), Gen Bayo Oduwole, Otunba Hammed Gafar among many others who came to align themselves with the idea behind the summit.
In his welcome address, the chairman of Ijebu Congress, Prince Bunmi Mebude used the opportunity to welcome invited guests including royal fathers who graced the occasion. He reiterated the need to have a summit of this nature regularly to help raise the consciousness of the people to their environment and for them to be more security conscious given the time and age we live in.
One of guest speaker Otunba Gafar, while speaking lauded the effort of the organizers of the summit, stating that security is the collective responsibility of everyone and not just for the security men alone.
Another speaker at the summit, Gen. Bayo Adewale advised the organizers to avoid given it any political colouration, which could derail the objective of the entire summit, if it decides to follow that path. He narrated how a robbery attack in Ijebu land necessitated the formation of security concord with an approved action plan to be taken but was truncated due to political interference.
DIG Babafemi Osoba, on his part listed the security apparatus in the country to include; Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Army, Navy, Nigerian Prison Service and of course the agencies duplicating the duties of the police such as NSCDC, FRSC, LASMA all working to ensure there is adequate security in the country. He identified some of the challenges bedeviling the Nigerian Police among which are inadequate police personnel to secure the civilian population, poor remuneration and lack of sufficient welfare packages for officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force. However, he stated that it is quite expensive to maintain standardized security architecture and government must be willing and prepared to adequately fund the police, so they can function more effectively.
The Area Commander of Ogun state police command and his Ogun state vigilante counterpart both stressed the need for more government support and most importantly the cooperation of the people is paramount to the success of any policing effort.