By DAPO FALADE
Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has re-assured security agencies of his continuous support in the efforts at keeping state safe and secure.
The governor, speaking at the grand finale of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, held at the Remembrance Arcade, Government House, Ibadan, said his administration remains committed to the welfare of security officials in the state so as to ensure the safety and security of lives and property of residents.
Makinde, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Taiwo Adisa, also performed the traditional wreath-laying at the 2021 Remembrance Day celebration.
He commended the officers and men of the security agencies, for their efforts in battling insecurity and urged them to continue to do their best to ensure that peace reigns in the state and the country at large.
“I will like to take this opportunity to thank officers and men of our security agencies. This is an unusual time and they are doing their best. So, for us as a government, our responsibility is to encourage and support them.
“On that note, I want to give a reassurance to the people of Oyo state that, for us and our security agencies, we will continue to do our best to ensure a safe, secure and stable environment,” he said.
The Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Oyo State command, Michael Fajimi, also appreciated the Oyo State government for improving the welfare of the dependants of the fallen heroes in the state.
“I want to thank God for the way the governor has been leading us. Today, we can see his presence and he has been trying for us to see to the welfare of the fallen heroes and their dependants. He has been trying and we have been passing our goodwill messages accordingly.
“This is a period that we have sober reflection to remember the departed ones among us and we thank God that we are alive today. As far as we are concerned, we are making frantic efforts to see that these people are not left behind,” he said.
Fajimi appealed to the Federal Government to continue to assist the veterans and the fallen heroes so as to make life more meaningful for their dependants.
The laying of wreaths were also performed by the state deputy governor, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, the General Officer Commanding 2 Mechanised Division, Major General Anthony Omozoje and widows of the departed heroes, among other dignitaries.
The occasion also witnessed the 21-gun salute and symbolic release of white pigeons by Governor Makinde to usher in peace into the country.