The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday, met with the Hausa Community in the State, with the assurance that his government will continue to strengthen efforts and collaborations to guarantee the safety and security of all residents in the State.
Obaseki while receiving the group, led by the Chairman, Alhaji Badamasi Saleh, at the Government House, in Benin City, the Edo State capital, hailed them for their contributions to the peace and development of the State.
Governor Obaseki who noted that many youths in the Country had resorted to drug abuse and other criminal activities as a result of the hardship they face, said his government will continue to empower more youths to discourage them from crime and criminality.
He said, “We have tried as a government to reorganize the security structure; this is the reason for the state’s vigilante whose responsibility is to provide security in the various Communities.
“Some of you have been here for years and we have lived in harmony and we don’t discriminate. You have been instrumental in supplying food items, and cattle, among others as such we do not joke with you. We are ensuring everything is fine. The security attack is not targeted at the Hausa Community. But what we are facing is a general in society.”
He further noted, “As a State, we are prepared for any security challenge as the hardship in the Country is affecting our youths negatively leading to an increase in crime.
“The Hausa Community in the State are peace-loving people. I want to encourage you people to continue to cooperate with the State government and provide us with useful information about criminal elements in the society, as we will respond promptly.”
Obaseki charged, “I urge you all to call 112 or 739 in case of any emergency, and our men will promptly respond to the situation.”