By Henry Odeh
As part of efforts by both the Seyi Makinde led government in Oyo state and its Kwara state counterparts
Recent security tension in Oyo state resulting in the issuing of an eviction notice to some settlers in Ibarapa obviously stirred up other ripple effect and has consequently increased the number of internally displaced persons who had moved from Oyo state to Kwara state in the heat of the tension.
Accordingly, these internally displaced persons have now spread across thirteen villages and seven local government areas in Kwara state causing an increased security concern between Oyo and Kwara states.
Determined to nip the situation in the bud, Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde and his Kwara state counterpart, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, have now resolved to set up a joint working committee to address some of these challenges.
Governor Seyi Makinde in company of his Kwara state counterpart, while addressing governor’s office correspondents on Tuesday 2nd of March shortly after a closed session security meeting at the exco chamber, stressed that as non state actors continue to spread hatred and divisive messages, political leaders must now speak with one voice in dealing with security issues.
Governor Makinde who also agreed to some speculations concerning being reactive to some security issues however, attributed it to lack of sufficient intelligence and intelligence gathering.
He assured that there would be a deliberate and renewed commitment to deepen intelligence by both the state security agencies and the state government stressing the need to be proactive with synergy from traditional rulers around border towns.
While appreciating the government of Kwara state and heads of the joint security team for both state, Governor Seyi Makinde noted that since Kwara state has begun implementation of the national livestock transformation plans, Oyo state government would also take advantage of that for a better leaverage.