Stakeholders Sensitize Agege Residents Amid Suge on Cultism, Insecurities
Agege Local Government council under Alhaji Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi (JP) has engaged Agege community residents, stakeholders and youths on insecurity, particularly cultism pervading the community.
In his speech delivered at the Security Summit, Financial Empowerment and Engagement with deradicalized youths on Thursday, 20 January, 2022 at the council legislative complex, the council boss emphatically noted that the prevalence of crimes associated with cultism in Agege calls for concern.
“The nefarious activity of the Awawa Cult group is no doubt a sad page in the story of our community. It is causing deaths, injuries, crippling businesses and impact negatively on social lives.
“My administration is not in the position to change the narrative given that the control of security architecture does not reside with the council.
“The Agege Youth Deradicalization Programme is one of the council’s efforts on my watch to tackle the menace of the Awawa Cult group”.
Egunjobi said that the Two hundred and fifty unskilled youths in Agege council area are paid N10,000 each in monthly stipend to encourage them to enrol in our vocational training centre. Some the beneficiaries were present for the engagement and orientation.
He added that the council welcomed the state government’s demolition of shanties and ships illegally built under Akilo power line are equally in the spirit of securing lives and properties.
The council boss hinted that his administration intend to have High Tension Wire buffer under the power line, build mechanic workshops, make parts of it a green and recreation centre. He stated that occupiers of shanties at Railway line have been notified to vacate the area with the view to demolish all the illegal structures which serve as nest of criminals and scavengers stealing steel slabs and endangering innocents lives through manholes.
Alhaji Egunjobi announced that the council is against people sleeping in mosques, churches and markets overnight as it is considered as a security threat and call on community and spiritual leaders to ensure the abolition.
“In the manner of our administration, today we will support fifty struggling traders and artisans with N100,000 each to invest in their businesses.” Egunjobi concluded.
In an enthusiastic approach, the Lagos State Rapid Response Commander, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi , while admonishing the youths on insecurity, cited himself and the council boss as examples of products of Isale-oja who trives with positive career struggles to attain current positions. He mentioned numerous youths he has influenced to get job with security agencies beginning from when he held the Lagos State Task Force and now that he is the commander of the RRS.
He assured the youth of better lives once they determined to be law abiding and engage themselves meaningfully for themselves and the society. CSP Egbeyemi concluded with prayers for the youths in Agege and Lagos generally.
Responsing to residents and stakeholders on questions and answers session, Alhaji Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi (JP) assured Agege community that all the points raised shall be given adequate attention with immediate effect.
The council boss announced that Akerele area of the council shall be given a facelift with tarred road and other social amenities. He also advised Agege youths to refrain from crimes and violence. Rather, they should embrace the council’s vocational training to enable them choose a meaningful career. Egunjobi declared that Agege Security Task Force will be set up to checkmate insecurity in Agege community with functions to instantly report to appropriate quarters for immediate actions to curb the menace. Any interested youth should indicate their interest to the council for enrolment.
Present at the event were; Hon. Oluwagbenga Abiola Omaco (Vice Chairman, Agege LG), Agege Legislative Leader, Hon. Alliu Najeem Olohuntoyin led the all the councilors, Agege LG party Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Azeez Disco led the party stalwarts, the Council Manager, Mr. Adekunle Dipe led all management staff, DPOs from Dopemu, Isokoko and Pencinema divisions were in attendance. Agege LG Baale in council, Coordinating Officer of LNSC led his colleagues, representatives from CDC, Market leaders, clerics, Agege Youth council leadership led by Omodele Ishola, representatives of non-indigene communities were also present.