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Oyo State Government Seeks Help From The United States

On Monday 14th November, the Oyo State Government asked the United States for assistance to tackle insecurity in Nigeria, particularly in the state.

While receiving the new US Consul-General, Williams Stevens, at the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Ibadan, the state deputy governor, Adebayo Lawal, made his request known on behalf of Governor Seyi Makinde.

Observing that insecurity was spreading throughout Nigeria, Lawal declared that Oyo State would welcome any technology needed to combat the crisis.

“Initially, we thought we could localise this issue of security, but it has become a hydra-headed phenomenon.”

“If you choose to assist, you can be deliberate and we will encourage you to assist and partner with the Oyo State Government in the area of security,” he said.

On efforts made so far to address the insecurity, Lawal said, “We know security is key and we have really deployed a greater percentage of resources into security development.”

“Since the inception of this administration, we have put in place an outfit called ‘Amotekun’ to complement the efforts of our conventional security outfits – police, Department of State Security, and others that are national in nature.”

“Amotekun is domesticated, localised, and goes into the nooks and crannies of our communities to ensure our environments are safe.”

The deputy governor further said that the state government wanted a partnership with the US on agriculture and health.

Lawal used the opportunity to also commend the United States for its efforts in fighting the HIV virus.

According to him, Oyo State has been working hard “to reduce the prevalence of the virus.”

The Punch reports that earlier, Stevens said his country was poised to improve the economic relationship and bilateral trade and work together with Oyo State to combat crime.

Stevens also said the US was partnering to prioritise agriculture, health, and security, among other initiatives.

He lauded the state government for doing well in the areas of healthcare delivery, noting that the state’s parameters on HIV prevalence is better than in some countries.

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