Seyi Makinde, the Oyo state Governor has reiterated his commitment to ensuring the protection and safety of the state’s residents while inaugurating security facilities.
He made the commitment during the recommissioning of the expanded Security Control Room and City Watch facilities at the Oyo State Security Trust Fund Headquarters Onireke, Jericho, Ibadan on Thursday.
he governor, who said the platform was a sustainable project that would usher in a safer Oyo state, stressed that it would enhance efforts toward tackle insecurity in the nooks and crannies of the state.
He also promised that his administration would continue to give adequate priority to the welfare of security agents in the state.
He said: “For those familiar with my statements during my campaign trail, you’ll recall that I was going to scrap this entire architecture because it was like a white elephant project. But I was convinced to give it another shot and today we have been rewarded with a functional centre.
“The entire system has been reconfigured so that we no longer need to pay internet access fees of N3.5 million/month. Also, we have acquired the license for the software for life so no longer need to run the trial version we met. This facility now wholly belongs to Oyo State.
“We have also expanded the facilities so that the security operatives including the police and civil defence can work from there. At the moment, the cameras in eight locations are working. These include the Lagos-Ibadan Express Road and the Asejire axis.
“With this system, we can easily monitor human and vehicular traffic and even capture number plates of vehicles.
“Also, a crime alert platform has been built into the Oyo State website. Everyone can log into the website, free of charge, and once they complete the process, with just a press of the button they can alert operatives of crimes, their location & visuals will show up on the system.”
Earlier, Mr Fatai Owoseni. the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters said the inauguration of the expanded and refurbished state security control room and the unveiling of the crime alert platform was a consolidation on the many achievements already recorded in the security sector.
Owoseni, who doubles as the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Security Trust Fund (OYSTF) commended the governor for prioritising the provision of adequate security in every nook and cranny of the state.