Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun said the government has resolved to convert the popular Olajoku’s park located at Gbongan junction to a Joint Task Force base of the security agencies.
The park was constructed by the immediate past Governor, Rauf Aregbesola in honour of a financier of his Oranmiyan political group, Alhaji Hassan Olajoku who was murder in the area, to serve as relaxation center for motorists on transit.
It had since been overgrown by weeds.
Addressing journalists during his inspection of the facilities on Sunday, the governor said the decision was taken after identifying the significance of the location to the security needs of the state.
He said the gesture would enable security agencies to effectively police the Osogbo-Gbongan-Ibadan road to prevent kidnappers and other criminals from having edge.
The governor reiterated the administration’s determination to the security and welfare of the people, saying no effort would be spared by the government to protect lives and property of the citizenry.
“We are set to rejuvenate this place for the purpose of enhancing the security profile of the state. We are doing this in respect of the significance of this place being the central point that adjoins the state with other states like Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti and Ogun, among others.
“As you all know, our administration has been working hard to strengthen the security by forming Joint Security Task Force. Thus, having its base here would go a long way to helping to serve the purpose.
“The Osun Security Joint Task Force which is the collaboration of the Army, Air Force, Police, NSCDC, DSS among other security agencies, is put together to ensure that the state is absolutely safe and effectively secured.
“In any case, the security and welfare of the people are the primary responsibility of government and as a government; we are determined to live up to that responsibility.
“We are also determined to flush out the criminal elements within and outside the state as we are working in collaboration with the security agencies to tackle kidnapping, banditry, and robbery, among others.
“Though this place is like a comfort zone, with the value that we are adding to it, it will equally serve as a security zone where people can be assured of topmost security and relaxation.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Ige, commended the commitment of the state government to tackling insecurity.
Ige who described the move to rehabilitate and convert the park to a security base as a welcome development, said the initiative would further help the security agencies perform optimally.
“This is coming at the right time. We have been talking on the need to enhance the security in the state. So, with this initiative, Osun is in safe hands.
“Turning this place to operational base of the joint task force of the security agencies will further enhance the performance of the security personnel in the state”, Ige added.