Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Sunday, met with selected stakeholders, local government chairpersons and political office holders from the Ibarapa zone, where he declared that the problems of the people are his problems.
The governor, who stated this while speaking in Igbo Ora, said that he feels the pains of the people of the area and that the visit would enable him to find lasting solutions to the lingering insecurity issues in the area.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying these while addressing council chairpersons and political office holders from Ibarapa Central, Ibarapa East and Ibarapa North, in Igbo Ora, late on Sunday.
He stated that the state has approved the setting up of Peace and Security Committee at the local government levels, adding that the state government would put in place other security measures to ensure peace in the area.
He also disclosed that the government had directed the immediate take-off of an identity management programme to enable it to know who is who in the communities.
He said: “The take-home from the interaction for me is that it is a collective problem and I can see the commitment from everybody to find a solution to this.
“And, at least, I am quite glad that some of the initiatives that the government is trying to put in place to stem insecurity are coming to fruition.
“We will ensure that our identity management programme takes off as quickly as possible. We will also ensure the setting up of peace and security committee that is all-encompassing in the councils.”
The governor also urged political office holders to always call the attention of the government to the happenings within their localities, saying that he decided to sleep over in Ibarapa to feel the pulse of the people.