The executive governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has been bestowed with the National Association of Online Security Reporters (NAOSRE) Excellence Security Award.
In a statement, NAOSRE said the governor was honoured for his economic programme which has engaged over 5000 youths across 20 local government areas of Ogun state, noting that the youths have become agents of economic re-engineering rather than being idle and conduits for insecurity and banditry.
Receiving the award in Abeokuta, Governor Abiodun thanked the Chairman of NOASRE, Femi Oyewale for considering him worthy of such an honour, adding that as a governor who places a premium on the security of life and property, NAOSRE’s award would further motivate him to do more.
“I thank NAOSRE for this award. We did a background check on you and we discovered NAOSRE is a credible association,” he said.
Continuing, the governor stressed that the safety of life and property in Ogun State is a cardinal objective which his administration is not prepared to compromise.
“Security is very important to us. We will continue to engage our youths so that they would be productive. We have supported security agencies in different ways to be effective in their operations and we are glad about the results of our huge investment”.
While urging NAOSRE to take media ethics seriously and live above board, the Governor noted that the remarks by the Inspector General of Police describing Ogun state as the safest in Nigeria is a testimony of his administration’s commitment to security.
Governor Abiodun who was represented by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Abdulwaheed Odusile, called on investors to consider the gateway state as the first choice for their investments in Nigeria.
Earlier, in his remarks, the NAOSRE President noted that compelling national interest necessitated the birthed of the Association and called for closer relationship between security chiefs and the government.
Oyewale stressed that until that is achieved, the efforts to end insecurity in the country, partly championed by NAOSRE, might be slow in yielding the required results.