Kingsley Olorunfemi Fanwo, a former Senior Correspondent with Vanguard newspapers is the Director General on Media and Publicity to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. In this exclusive interview with Vanguard, the Governor’s spokesman discussed range of issues, from government efforts at ensuring security in the state to moves by government to reposition the state civil service and sundry others.
Excerpts: Your Governor was given an award by the Inspector General of Police in recognition of his qualities and his efforts at improving security in the state. But there are still cases of crime in the state, especially, kidnapping. What is your take on this?
The award doesn’t go to people who completely eradicate crimes in the society because the society will never be totally free of crimes and criminalities.
The award is a special recognition of what the Governor has been doing so far to ensure security of lives and property in the state. Before Governor Yahaya Bello came in, Kogi was almost a failed state. Arms proliferation, youth unemployment, political thuggery, the nodal nature of the state and many other factors combined to make Kogi the centre of crime. Governor Yahaya Bello came with a blueprint to develop the state and make it rise up to fulfilling the aspirations of her people. He knows this can’t be achieved in an unsecured environment, hence the need to beef up security.
The Governor changed the security architecture of the state, launched the Operation Total Freedom, provided patrol vans and modern technological gadgets to law enforcement agencies and returned the confidence of the people in their police.
No security measure can be effective without the cooperation of the people. Statistically, we have improved tremendously and dramatically. That is not to say we still not contend with few incidents of insecurity.
In Kogi under Governor Yahaya Bello, every life counts. We are moving forward.