Obaseki admonishes vigilance group on intelligence gathering
Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has charged the Edo State Vigilante Group to ensure they sharpen their intelligence gathering, noting that the security system of any nation would be ineffective and inefficient if there was a lack of proper information.
“The power of security is not the carrying of guns but on information that will hinder the perpetrators of crime in the state,” he said.
Obaseki, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Edo State Ministry of Agriculture, Comrade Kadiri Bashiru, made this known yesterday in Benin City during a four-day security awareness workshop organised for operatives of the state’s vigilance groups.
While congratulating the organisers of the workshop, he tasked them to remain gallant and patriotic in carrying out their security duties, adding that his administration is keen to make Edo become a development-driven state.
According to him, agriculture was his main area of focus because he aims to ensure food security and employment generation for the teeming youths in the state.
“We want to create a ‘security economy’ that is why the government wants to get security on the top gear to make the state safe for investment. We want to get it right. You have a role to play as a group in this government”, he added.
Meanwhile, he thanked the group for joining forces with other security agencies to fight crime in the society, while calling on the organisers to plan regular training exercises for the members to equip and enable them be on top of the game in fighting crime in the state.
For his part, the Commandant General, Usman Jaun, noted that not every battle could be fought with guns or weapons, but by tactics, strategies and collaborative efforts.
He advocated the need to build capacity in the area of awareness creation, sensitisation, security education and orientation among others.
The commandant of the Edo State chapter, Segun Imafidon, pledged his unalloyed loyalty to serve the command with trust and patriotism to ensure Edo is a crime-free state. He presented an award of excellence to Obaseki.