As part of efforts to appreciate the role being played by security personnel during the lockdown in Ogun State as well as mitigate its economic effects on their families, the State Government has donated some food items to officers across all security outfits operating in the State.
Donating the food items on behalf of the State Government, the Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, said the security forces in the State are partners in the development agenda of the State.
“They are also family men and women who have to deal with not only the job or career but also support their families at all times,” said the Deputy Governor.
She said that immediately the lockdown became inevitable, the Governor had a meeting with all security chiefs to determine how best to manage the situation in the State.
She added that within the period of lockdown, the State has had incidences insecurity which were professionally managed by the security forces.
“At the beginning, we gave them some cash to be able to support their officers who were on special assignment. But today, we are giving them (palliative) food items to support them as well. This will go to everybody, not just the police on the frontline who were supported with cash before, but this will go to everybody in all their barracks right across the State.
“We have here about 15 different agencies, represented: the Police, Army, Customs, Immigration, TRACE, NDLEA, Civil Defence, DSS, So-Safe and others. So this is an all-encompassing relief package,” she said.
Given out were “6,000 bags of rice, 6,000 bags of garri, 6,000 bags of millet, 6,000 bags of maize, then with packs of seasoning cubes, sanitisers, detergents and sanitary towels,” she explained.
In his welcome address, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, AIG Olusola Subair (Rtd), said the State Government was passionate about the welfare of officers of security agencies, noting that the relief materials were extended to them as a show of appreciation.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Kenneth Ebrimson commended the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for finding the security agencies worthy of such relief materials that are sure to go round all agencies, units and officers.
Giving a vote of thanks on behalf of security chiefs and agencies in the State, the State Commandant, National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Ahmed Abodunrin, appreciated the State Government for being people-friendly, noting that the palliative measures would aid them to redouble efforts towards ensuring the safety of lives and property of the residents. He then assured the Government of continued commitment to excellent security service delivery.