The Governor of Ogun State in Nigeria, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, was yesterday honoured as the ‘Best Security Conscious State Governor in West Africa’ in the Security Watch Africa Awards.
The Security Watch Africa Awards was initiated and inaugurated in 2004, with the aim to recognise, appreciate, encourage and celebrate individuals, governments, agencies, brands and companies who have excelled in security administration, practice and governance in Africa.
The Awards held at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, and the governor while receiving his award, described Ogun State as the “economic and business destination of Nigeria”.
He said his government placed a high premium on security, hence its massive investment in security equipment like the state-of-the-art Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and Hilux vans fitted with modern communication gadgets, among others.
“Today in Nigeria, Ogun State is ranked among the first three most secure states,” Amosun declared. This achievement, according to the governor, has been made possible by the support of our security agencies, the cooperation of the good people of Ogun State and their determination to rid our environment of all forms of criminality. Senator Amosun, ably supported by his wife, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, added that the honour was in recognition of the successes recorded in the state.
He noted the challenge posed by the proximity of Ogun to Lagos and its land border with the Republic of Benin.
“These pose challenges to us. To make sure that our state is secure for the good people of Ogun State, investors and all Nigerians who daily throng our state to do business, we had to go on this offensive. Lagos State government has succeeded in driving criminals from the city and I believe we have a duty to make Ogun State an uncomfortable zone for them,” he said.
The governor used the opportunity of the award ceremony to invite the people of Ghana to come to Ogun State to invest their money, “because the state holds the future economic and industrial base of Nigeria.”