Traditional rulers and police authorities have jointly commended the member of the House of Representatives, representing Ikeja Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. James Abiodun Faleke over efforts in ensuring a safe and secure Ikeja.
The commendations came as Hon. Faleke facilitated a training and sensitization programme for all traditional rulers, service chiefs and police handlers within the Ikeja Federal constituency on the need to enhance security and harmonious relationship around the city capital.
The event which was organized by Federal Co-operative College, Ibadan in collaboration with NASA Global Resources Services Limited and held on Wednesday 11th August, 2021 at the Ikeja Local Government Office enjoyed huge attendance by paramount traditional rulers, Baale’s, and Palace Chiefs, top ranking police officials and other stakeholders within the constituency,
This impressive roll-call included the Awuse of Onigbongbo, Oba Olusegun Ajasa Laside Kuyasi; the Alaguda of Aguda, Oba Hakeem Agbaosi; the Ikudoro1 of Oregun, Oba (Dr.) Olukunmi Olusesan Akingbola; Area Commander Ali Zongo of Area F Ikeja, CSP Shola Omolade of Alausa Police Station and CSP Abdullahi of Area G, Ojodu.
Listing creative ways of ensuring their environments, the resource persons emphasized that traditional rulers, being the closest to the people of their domains must now be proactive on the issue of security.
It was further established by the experts at the event that all members of the community must join forces to tackle insecurity as the people who perpetuate most of the acts are also members of the community.
Giving a general appraisal of the event, the Awuse of Onigbongbo, Oba Olusegun Ajasa Laside Kuyasi lauded Hon Faleke for taking such an initiative describing the event as “unusual but very beneficial to traditional rulers and stakeholders alike in the quest to combating crime in the Ikeja Federal Constituency and beyond.
Oba Kuyasi who spoke to journalists in Yoruba noted “I am extremely delighted and I appreciate Hon. Faleke for taking such initiatives in ensuring that crime is reduced to a bearest minimum in his constituency”
He continued “I can assure you that all traditional rulers here will take this report back to our communities and see how we can impact some of the many things that we have learned here on our various community members”
Also delivering his remarks at the event, the Alaguda of Aguda, Oba Hakeem Agbaosi noted that it was the first time any federal legislature was initiating such an event, adding that the novel idea facilitated by Hon Faleke should be emulated by other national assembly members in their various constituencies.
Speaking in similar tones, high chief Balogun of Onigbongbo, Alhaji kabiru Adebayo Yussuf remarked that the security sensitization and empowerment programme had brought about a reorientation and awareness about deeper security challenges in the various communities of the Ikeja federal Constituency and how they can be battled
On his part, the Aremo of Onigbongbo land who is also a former vice-chairman of Onigbongbo Local council development Area, Honourable Hon Wakeel Sadiq stated that he was not surprise at such gesture from Hon. Faleke having followed known him to be a politician who does not joke with the principle of service to the people. He added that the MHR should infact be encouraged to serve another term in order to continue such beneficial services to the people.
Sharing same thoughts, a community leader in Ojodu LCDA. Chief Shola Adesanya emphasized that Hon. Faleke has consistently delivered dividends of democracy to citizens in the Ikeja Federal constituency through such seminars, sensitization programmes, youth empowerment programmes and donation/upgrade of social amenities and therefore should be called upon to further serve at the National Assembly
The DPO Alausa police station, CSP Shola Omolade described the event as an eye-opener for many people to understand that security is a collective responsibility of all community members and not just that of the Police alone.
She further appreciated Hon. Faleke constant efforts at supporting the police in tackling crimes in communities within the Ikeja Federal constituency. Such notable efforts include the sensitization programme and the recent donation patrol vehicles to the police force.
In conclusion, all traditional rulers present at the event assured that they will play their roles in assisting government to ensure a crime free society in Ikeja federal constituency