Cultism: Ogun Assembly Asks Gov Abiodun To Appoint Commissioner For Youth ... Put Police On Red Alert - EDU-BIZNEWS


Thursday, May 2, 2024

Cultism: Ogun Assembly Asks Gov Abiodun To Appoint Commissioner For Youth ... Put Police On Red Alert

Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the State Government to prevail on the security agencies to clamp down on the activities of cultists across the State and the need to appoint Commissioner for Youth in the State, with a view to driving policies and programmes that would aid youth engagements so as to address the menace of cult clashes.

The passage of the resolution followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sherif and seconded by the Minority Leader, Lukman Adeleye, shortly after the lawmakers debated on the escalating violence of cult clashes in the State. 

Opening debate on the motion leading to the passage of the resolution, the sponsor Hon. Adebisi Oyedele, noted that the House observed with serious concern the disturbing trend of incessant cult killings across the State, especially Abeokuta, which began approximately six weeks ago and that no fewer than 10 individual had lost their lives to cult-related violence within the last 42 days.

He stated further that, the rate at which lives were being lost in the State capital was indeed worrisome, saying incidents included the broad daylight shootings of five individuals at different locations within the State capital.

 "Worried about the sporadic shooting at Kuto Garage about five days ago creating civil unrest for dwellers which was traceable to a cult gang trying to hit another target. 

Also worried that, the continuous killings among young people across the State are adversely affecting businesses and tarnishing the reputation of our dear State. Worthy of note is the recent intervention of the State Government, State Police Command of the Nigeria Police Force and the traditional rulers which have resulted into a calm environment in Sagamu axis", he submitted.

Other lawmakers including Lukmon Atobatele, Adeyanju Adegoke and Adeleye Lukman noted that the activities of cult clash in the State needed to be addressed, especially through advocacy and orientation of the youth.

They remarked that there was need for the residents of the State to contribute to the security of the society through intelligence information to security operatives, adding that there was need for unhindered prosecution of criminals in the guise of cultism to serve as deterrent to others. 

In his response, the Speaker decried the celebration of moral decadence in the society, explaining that such had led to the spread of crimes and criminalities amongst youth.

 He implored the youth to persevere, imbibe nobility and be productive by engaging in lawful activities that could earn them decent  of living.

Meanwhile the State House of Assembly 
has challenged the journalists in the State to continue to uphold the tenets of their profession by being objective while reporting various activities and programmes of government to the governed.

The Assembly Speaker, Right Honourable  Oludaisi Elemide gave the charge, while playing host to the members of the Consolidated Chapel of the State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by Comrade Segun Olukoga, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

The Speaker counseled that as the members of the fourth estate of realm, they should always be cautious of the impact of their reports on the overall wellbeing of the people, saying though, Journalists face a lot of risk in carrying out their duties, yet they remained the voice of the people at all times.

He promised to continue to accord them necessary support in all their activities, saying the legislative arm would always be ready to assist them in carrying out their activities.

Earlier in his presentation, Comrade Olukoga solicited the support of the Assembly in all the Chapel's activities, while seeking other areas of protection for Journalists through the implementation of relevant legislation.

The Assembly also played host to the State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC) led by the Sector Commander Anthony Uga, admonishing the officials to carry out more enlightenment campaigns and reorientation to reduce road crashes rather than imposing fines on motorists.

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